• WordNet 3.6
    • n dancing taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
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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
The Puppets Began to Dance Merrily The Puppets Began to Dance Merrily
Dance Rattle Dance Rattle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Mexican Hat Dance" is the official dance of Mexico
    • p. a. & vb. n Dancing from Dance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs
    • Dancing the act or art of moving in the dance
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  • Lee Trevino
    Lee Trevino
    “I'm not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.”
  • Arnold Bax
    Arnold Bax
    “You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.”
  • William Purkey
    William Purkey
    “Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth.”
  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.”
  • Zimbabwe Proverb
    Zimbabwe Proverb
    “If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.”
  • Carl Sandburg
    “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. danser, from Teut.; Old High Ger. danson, to draw along.


In literature:

Once the hop had fairly begun, dance followed dance in rapid succession.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Some of the older folk remarked upon the fact that Phil had danced with Charles Holton; and he danced well.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
I'm going to dance every dance if I have to do it by myself.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
I saw you dancing with an organ grinder.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Indeed, he had the incommunicable gift of setting his soul a-dancing as he played, of putting the devil into the feet of those who danced.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
There will be lessons on the spinet and in dancing.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
She would dance his nullification, she would dance to her unseen Lord.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Young ladies must never refuse to dance with one gentleman, and afterward give the same dance to a more favored suitor.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
To tell the truth, I shouldn't mind dancing, myself!
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
She was over-fond of dancing, and looked a picture when she danced.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

In poetry:

For Sutna danced at morning,
And Sutna danced at eve;
Her dusky eyes half hidden
Behind her silken sleeve.
"In The Tents Of Akbar" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I heard the spring light whisper
Above the dancing stream,
"The world is made forever
In likeness of a dream.
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
The Wide Door into Sorrow
Stands open night and day.
With head held high and dancing feet
I pass it on my way.
"The Narrow Doors" by Fannie Stearns Davis
Stands the mill-wheel, resting still
From its loving labour.
Dances on the tireless rill,
Gay as lute or tabor;
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
I love to see the little stars
All dancing to one tune;
I think quite highly of the Sun,
And kindly of the Moon.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Why should he deem it pure mischance
A son of his is fain
To do a naked tribal dance
Each time he hears the rain?
"Fruit Of The Flower" by Countee Cullen

In news:

Two professional dancers on "Dancing With The Stars" were in pain Monday night after unfortunate accidents on the dance floor.
This season "Dancing With The Stars" has 13 familiar celebrity faces taking the dance floor.
Mel B 's return to the dance floor is " practically a done deal" as ABC execs iron out a suitable contract for the former Spice Girl to compete in this fall's Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Last season, Green Bay Packer Donald Driver won the dance competition show "Dancing With the Stars".
President Johnson , right, dances with Muriel Humphrey and Vice President Humphrey dances with Lady Bird Johnson at an inaugural ball in 1965.
Todd Rosenberg for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago David Schultz, a former professional dancer with Grand Rapids Ballet Company, dances with Alice Klock,in Andrea Miller's "I Can See Myself in Your Pupil" for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
The 12 remaining teams on "Dancing With The Stars" will take to the dance floor on Monday night to tackle one of two very fast-moving dance routines - either the Jive or the Quickstep .
The Spanish lovers danced a pas de deux — a dance for two — enamored with each other even though the girl's father forbade their union.
Sing, sing, sing and dance, dance, dance.
A dance and fitness studio in Canada has announced that it is offering pole dancing classes for kids.
Regional Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov dances a traditional dance before an exhibition match between members of Brazil's 2002 World Cup team and "Team Kadyrov" in Grozny, Russia.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is performing on Dancing With The Stars, and TODAY'S TMJ4's Dance Team 4 is watching his every step.
Romeo Miller and "Dancing With the Stars" partner Chelsie Hightower danced the rumba Monday night (April 4).
Chaturvedi, 37, claims to be the sole practitioner of " Sufi kathak," a form of dance she created that blends the gestural storytelling of Indian kathak dance with the spinning meditation of Sufism .
From Capoeira to Dance Dance Revolution, discover the best exercises for weight loss.

In science:

Another GRB theorist stated his suspicion that I was not presenting radio results, not because we had not yet worked them out, but because they were no good!!! For my first experience at a GRB conference, this was not bad: a bit like dancing flamenco on a mine field.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
Especially through the program of precision experiments at the Z 0 resonance, we have been able to examine the quarks or leptons of each individual species, shake their hands, and watch their dances.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Nevertheless, the model gives interesting gui dance on the modification of hadron masses and reaction cross sections inside nuclear matter .
Boundary of Nuclear Physics and QCD
Even in relatively wide configurations, the cumulative chance for collisions between at least two of the stars during this protracted dance can be considerable.
The Starlab Environment for Dense Stellar Systems
In particular, we consider as especially absurd an idea to continue the dance for last two days after the lion hunting is already over.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?