• WordNet 3.6
    • v dance move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
    • v dance move in a graceful and rhythmical way "The young girl danced into the room"
    • v dance skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways "Dancing flames","The children danced with joy"
    • n dance taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
    • n dance an artistic form of nonverbal communication
    • n dance a party for social dancing
    • n dance a party of people assembled for dancing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Piper playing to two dancing sheep Piper playing to two dancing sheep
Dance, Like They Had Seen the People Dance at The Show 164 Dance, Like They Had Seen the People Dance at The Show 164
Dancing Dwarf Dancing Dwarf
A Dancing Man A Dancing Man
Dance a Baby music Dance a Baby music
Dance Rattle Dance Rattle
Everyone dancing Everyone dancing

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Mexican Hat Dance" is the official dance of Mexico
    • Dance (Mus) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc. "Of remedies of love she knew parchance
      For of that art she couth the olde dance ."
    • Dance The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord with music.
    • v. t Dance To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle. "To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind.""Thy grandsire loved thee well;
      Many a time he danced thee on his knee."
      "A man of his place, and so near our favor,
      To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasure."
    • Dance To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about. "Then, 'tis time to dance off.""More dances my rapt heart
      Than when I first my wedded mistress saw."
      "Shadows in the glassy waters dance .""Where rivulets dance their wayward round."
    • Dance To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically. "Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance .""Good shepherd, what fair swain is this
      Which dances with your daughter?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs
    • dance To leap or spring with regular or irregular steps, as an expression of some emotion; move or act quiveringly from excitement: as, he danced with joy.
    • dance To move nimbly or quickly with an irregular leaping motion; bound up and down: as, the blow he gave the table made the dishes dance; the mote dancing in the sunbeam.
    • dance To move the body or the feet rhythmically to music, either by one's self or with a partner or in a set; perform the series of cadenced steps and rhythmic movements which constitute a dance; engage or take part in a dance.
    • dance To give a dancing motion to; cause to move up and down with a jerky, irregular motion; dandle.
    • dance To perform or take part in as a dancer; execute, or take part in executing, the cadenced steps or regulated movements which constitute (some particular dance): as, to dance a quadrille or a hornpipe.
    • dance To lead or conduct with a tripping, dancing movement.
    • n dance A succession of more or less regularly ordered steps and movements of the body, commonly guided by the rhythmical intervals of a musical accompaniment; any leaping or gliding movement with more or less regular steps and turnings, expressive of or designed to awaken some emotion. The dance is perhaps the earliest and most spontaneous mode of expressing emotion and dramatic feeling; it exists in a great variety of forms, and is among some people connected with religious belief and practice, as among the Mohammedans and Hindus. Modern dances include the jig, hornpipe, etc., step-dances executed by one person; the waltz, polka, schottische, etc., danced by pairs, and nsually called round dances; the reel, quadrille, etc., usually called square dances, danced by an even number of pairs; the country-dance, in which any number of pairs may take part; and the cotillion or german, consisting of many intricate figures, in the execution of which the waltz-movement predominates.
    • n dance A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillion, etc.
    • n dance A dancing-party; a ball; a “hop.”
    • n dance Figuratively, progressive or strenuous movement of any kind; a striving or struggling motion: often used by old writers in a sarcastic sense, especially in the phrases the new daunce, the old daunce.
    • dance In the West Indies, especially Trinidad, to clean and polish (cacao) by treading it with the naked feet. The friction caused by the treading removes the mildew from the outside of the beans and at the same time polishes them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An old law in Bellingham, Washington made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
    • v.i Dance dans to move with measured steps to music: to spring
    • v.t Dance to make to dance or jump
    • n Dance the movement of one or more persons with measured steps to music: the tune to which dancing is performed
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  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Don't dance on a volcano.”
  • Alan W. Watts
    Alan W. Watts
    “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!”
  • Isadora Duncan
    “The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “Dancing is a wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.”


All-singing, all-dancing - If something's all-singing, all-dancing, it is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.
Can't dance and it's too wet to plow - (USA) When you can't dance and it's too wet to plow, you may as well do something because you can't or don't have the opportunity to do anything else.
Dancing on someone's grave - If you will dance on someone's grave, you will outlive or outlast them and will celebrate their demise.
Make a song and dance - (UK) If someone makes a song and dance, they make an unecessary fuss about something unimportant.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. danser, fr. OHG. dansōn, to draw; akin to dinsan, to draw, Goth. apinsan, and prob. from the same root (meaning to stretch,) as E. thin,. See Thin


In literature:

The chandelier danced with a peculiar savagery, then the dance was evidently quenched and subdued.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
When he and Dancing joined Sinclair and McCloud the talk between the superintendent and the wrecking boss had become animated.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
There's music and room to dance, and plenty of chuck and plenty of coffee, and the dance is going right on without any fuss whatever.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Brahms's "Hungarian Dances" given (from MS.) by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Society.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Dancing saluted the new-comers.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
I don't think I could dance nearly well enough for your show!
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
Wolf Baikie will be asking the first dance with thee.
"An Orkney Maid" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
All the elves were done working, now cozy in bed, While Christmas Eve jitters danced around in their head.
" Collection" by Daniel Errico
All the other Kappa-kappaites had danced or were dancing.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
When all the dancers had assembled, the dance of the Ogres was danced first.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various

In poetry:

Only the heat waves
In this land
Sardonically dance
A Saraband.
"Blue Marl " by Norman MacLeod
Moonlight peoples Boyd Tower,
Mystic are its walls;
Lightly dance the lovers
In its haunted halls.
"Ben Boyd's Tower" by Henry Lawson
Of spirits in the web hung room
Up above the stable,
Groans, knockings in the gloom,
The dancing table.
"Ghost Raddled" by Robert Graves
I knew she lay a pulseless thing,
A lily slain–
Lights at the feet that never more
Would dance again.
"Haunted" by Anna Johnston MacManus
My dancing feet are frozen.
I stare. I can but see.
The Narrow Doors to Sorrow
They stop the heart in me.
"The Narrow Doors" by Fannie Stearns Davis
The fifth upon the gold harp
So pleasantly could play,
That all the men who heard him
Began to dance away:
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow

In news:

In this publicity image released by ABC, Bristol Palin, left, and her partner Mark Ballas are shown after their performance on the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," on Monday, Nov 22, 2010 in Los Angeles.
But Bono hit the dance floor with "confidence," and Carrie Ann Inaba praised his performance for containing "the most dancing I've seen you do.
A New Jersey son recorded his Mom sleepwalking and dancing the secret dance to open a tomato cage.
Dance involves movement across space and time—something that the cinema does very well TIME presents the most memorable dance scenes in film history.
Two witches dances & Dance of Furies – Les Witches.
The Grapevine Twist Square Dance Club held a dance on Oct 13 at the Senior Center at Skyline Plaza.
Pinesteppers Square Dance Club Meets For Workshop And Dance.
South Windsor Square Dance Club Dance On Nov 23.
Valli Jr, South Windsor Square Dance Club, (Publicity South Windsor Square Dance Club) Greater Hartford.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:10:58 CDT The Calico Twirlers Dance Club will host their monthly dance on Friday, October 19th from 7:30 to 10pm.
The North Branch Squares Square Dance Club has officially kicked off its 2011-2012 dancing season and is gearing up for the next dance on Oct 7 at the North Branch Sunrise River School at 7:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
Spins on the dance floor during a Swingin' Singles square dance at Shawnee Town Hall.
Square dance set at Center for Dance in Preston.
A public square dance is planned for 7 to 9:30 pm Friday, Sept 12 at The Center for Dance, 30540 S E 84th St in Preston.
LifePlex Dance Academy Introduces New Dance Instructors and Staff Member .

In science:

Tannor, “Wavepacket dancing: achieving chemical selectivity by shaping light pulses”, Chem.
Quantum Optimal Control Theory of Harmonic Generation
Body movement enlivened by musical rhythm becomes dance.
Music in Terms of Science
Song and dance— that is, melody and rhythm—constitute the primal sources of music.
Music in Terms of Science
N -body dance of the star cluster as a whole. A ma jor complication in this last stage of transformation is the question of how to update the stellar evolution module of each SPH ob ject.
The Starlab Environment for Dense Stellar Systems
The Hollywood movie “Dances with Wolves” is an example how the industrialized world may imagine beautiful nomadic paradise to have been.
Sociophysics Simulations