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allemande (Fr.) a courtly baroque dance in which the arms are interlaced.
almain a courtly dance, aka allemande.
beguine (Fr.) a dance of French West Indian origin.
bergamask a rustic dance.
bergomask a rustic dance.
biguine (Fr.) a dance of French West Indian origin.
bolero (Spanish) a Spanish dance with sudden pauses and sharp turns.
boogaloo a kind of dance; (verb) to dance the boogaloo.
boogey to dance to rock music.
boogie to dance to rock music.
boogy to dance to rock music.
bopper a performer or adherent of bebop.
boston a waltzlike dance.
bourree (Fr.) a brisk French dance in triple time.
branle (Fr.) an old French dance or dance-tune.
bransle (Fr.) an old French dance or dance-tune.
brantle (Fr.) an old French dance or dance-tune.
breakdance an energetic form of dance to rock or disco; (verb) to do a breakdance.
breakdancer one who does breakdancing.
breakdancing a type of vigorous dance.
butoh (Japanese) a style of modern Japanese dance.
cachucha (Spanish) an Andalusian dance in three-four time, resembling the bolero.
cakewalk a prancing stage dance with backward tilt; (verb) to do the cakewalk.
cakewalker one who does the cakewalk.
canary a songbird found in the Canary Islands; a lively Renaissance courtly dance; (verb) to dance this.
cancan (Fr.) a French dance.
cantico (Am. Ind.) to dance as an act of worship.
canticoy (Am. Ind.) to dance as an act of worship.
capoeira (Port.) a martial art and dance combination.
capuera (Port.) a martial art and dance combination.
carioca (Port.) a dance, a variation of the samba.
carmagnole (Fr.) a popular song and round dance of the French Revolutionary period.
chaconne (Fr.) a Spanish baroque dance in triple time.
charleston a lively dance that involves kicking; (verb) to dance the charleston.
choregraph to arrange or compose (a dance, dances, etc).
choregraphic relating to choregraphy.
choregraphy the art of symbolically representing dancing.
choreodrama dance drama performed by a group.
choreograph to compose the choreography of.
choreographic relating to choreography.
choreography the art of symbolically representing dancing.
choreologist a student of choreology.
choreology the study of ballets and their history.
clogdance a dance performed with clogs, the clatter keeping time to the music.
conga (Spanish) a Latin American dance in which dancers are linked in a single file; (verb) to dance the conga.
contradance a country dance, esp a French version of the English country dance.
contredance a country dance, esp a French version of the English country dance.
contredanse (Fr.) a folk dance in which two lines of couples face each other.
cooch a sinuous dance.
coranto (Ital.) an old dance with a gliding step.
coryphee (Fr.) a leading dancer of a corps de ballet.
cotillion (Fr.) an elaborate ballroom dance with frequent changes of partner.
cotillon (Fr.) an elaborate ballroom dance with frequent changes of partner.
courant an old dance with a gliding step.
courante (Fr.) an old dance with a gliding step.
couranto an old dance with a gliding step.
cracovienne (Polish) a lively Polish dance.
csardas (Hungarian) a Hungarian dance that increases in speed.
czardas (Hungarian) a Hungarian dance that increases in speed.
dance a sequence of steps or rhythmic movements, usually to music (verb) to move rhythmically to music
danceable capable of being danced.
dancer one that dances.
dancical a type of dance show in which choreographed performers dance to pop songs.
fado (Port.) a type of Portuguese folksong or dance.
fandango (Spanish) a lively Spanish dance performed by a couple.
farandole (Fr.) a lively Provençal dance in which men and women hold hands.
farruca (Spanish) a gypsy dance with sudden tempo and mood changes.
flamenco (Spanish) a Spanish dance style.
forlana (Ital.) a Venetian dance in 6-4 time.
foxtrot a ballroom dance to syncopated music; (verb) to dance the foxtrot.
fris (Hungarian) the quick dance movement of a Hungarian csardas.
friska (Hungarian) the quick movement of a csardas.
frug a vigorous dance performed to pop music, popularized in the 1960s; (verb) to perform this dance.
furlana (Ital.) a Venetian dance in 6-4 time.
galliard a sprightly Renaissance and Baroque dance.
gallopade (Fr.) a lively ballroom dance in 2/4 time; a piece of music for this dance; (verb) to dance a gallopade.
galop (Fr.) a lively double-time dance; (verb) to dance the galop.
galopade (Fr.) a lively ballroom dance in 2/4 time; a piece of music for this dance.
gavot (Fr.) a kind of French country dance.
gavotte (Fr.) a kind of French country dance; (verb) to dance a gavotte.
german (US) an elaborate dance.
giga (Ital.) a lively Italian dance.
gigue (Fr.) a lively Baroque dance in triple time.
glisse a kind of gliding dance step.
gopak (Russian) a high-leaping folk-dance from the Ukraine.
habanera (Spanish) a slow and seductive Cuban dance.
habanero (Spanish) a hot chili pepper.
haka (Maori) a ceremonial posture dance accompanied by chanting.
halling (Norwegian) a Norwegian country dance.
hamatsa a dance inspired by the spirit of a man-eating monster.
hey an interjection to attract attention; (noun) a winding country dance; (verb) to dance a hey.
hoedown (US) a country dance.
hoofer a professional dancer.
hoolachan (Gaelic) a Highland reel, esp the reel of Tulloch.
hoolican (Gaelic) a Highland reel, esp the reel of Tulloch.
hopak (Russian) a Ukrainian dance.
hora (Hebrew) an Israeli dance.
horah (Hebrew) an Israeli dance.
hornpipe a lively British folk dance.
hula (Hawaiian) a sinuous Polynesian dance with rhythmic hip movements.
jitterbug a jazz dance featuring vigorous acrobatic feats; (verb) to dance this.
jive deceitful (noun) a lively style of jazz music (verb) to dance to jazz or swing music
jiver one who jives.
joncanoe a boisterous West Indian dance.
jota (Spanish) a Spanish dance in triple time.
juba a Negro rustic dance.
juke to dance.
junkanoo a boisterous West Indian dance.
kantikoy (Am. Ind.) to dance as an act of worship.
kathak (Sanskrit) a classical dance of India in which brief passages of mime alternate with rapid, rhythmic dance.
kazachoc (Russian) a Russian folk dance in which high kicks are performed from a squatting position.
kazachok (Russian) a Russian folk dance.
kazatski (Russian) a Russian folk dance.
kazatsky (Russian) a Russian folk dance.
kazatzka (Russian) a Russian folk dance.
kolo (Serbo-Croat) a Serbian folk-dance.
krakowiak (Polish) a lively Polish dance.
krumper one who does krumping, a kind of dance.
krumping a type of dancing in which participants, often wearing face paint, dance with one another in a fast and aggressive style mimicking a fight but without any physical contact.
lambada a rhythmic energetic Latin-American dance.
lanciers (Fr.) a French dance.
landler (Ger.) a S. German dance, like a slow waltz.
lassu (Hungarian) the slow movement of a csardas, a Hungarian dance.
lavolt (Shakesp.) a lively dance for couples in 3/4 time; (verb) to dance the lavolt.
lavolta (Shakesp.) a lively dance for couples in 3/4 time; (verb) to dance the lavolta.
leadman one who leads a dance.
legong (Indonesian) a Balinese dance.
limbo a kind of West Indian dance that involves getting under a bar low to the ground; (verb) to perform a limbo dance.
lindy a dance closely resembling the jitterbug; (verb) to perform the lindy.
loure (Fr.) an old slow dance in 6-4 time.
malaguena (Spanish) a Spanish dance performed by a couple, similar to the fandango.
mambo a Cuban ballroom dance resembling the rumba or cha-cha (verb) to dance the mambo
marinera (Spanish) a Peruvian folk-dance danced in pairs.
matachin (Spanish) a masked sword-dancer; the sword-dance itself.
matachina a female matachin, sword-dancer.
maxixe (Port.) a Brazilian ballroom dance resembling the two-step.
mazourka (Polish) a Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure.
mazurka (Polish) a Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure.
merengue (Spanish) a Caribbean ballroom dance in which feet are frequently dragged.
minuet a slow and stately Baroque dance in 3/4 time; (verb) to dance a minuet.
moonwalker one who performs the moonwalk.
morisco a morris dance; an arabesk.
morrice (Obs.) a morris dance.
morris an English folk dance in which story is enacted by costumed dancers; (verb) to dance the morris.
mosh a type of dance performed to loud rock music; (verb) to dance in this manner.
mosher one who moshes, dances to loud rock music.
musette a dance to a drone bass, originally played by a kind of bagpipes.
nach (Hindi) an entertainment in India consisting chiefly of dancing by professional dancing girls.
nauch (Hindi) an entertainment in India consisting chiefly of dancing by professional dancing girls.
nautch (Hindi) an entertainment in India consisting chiefly of dancing by professional dancing girls.
nondance something that is not a dance.
nondancer someone who does not dance.
orchesis the art of dancing in Greek chorus.
orchestic relating to dancing.
orchestics the art of dancing.
outdance to dance better than.
pantalon (Fr.) a movement in a quadrille.
pantalone (Fr.) a movement in a quadrille.
pasodoble (Spanish) a fast modern ballroom dance.
paspy (Fr.) a Breton dance resembling a quick minuet.
passacaglia (Ital.) an old slow Italian or Spanish dance; variations on a theme over a continuously repeated ground bass.
passamezzo an old dance, a pavan in quick time.
passemeasure an old dance, a pavan in quicker time.
passepied (Fr.) a Breton dance resembling a quick minuet.
pavan a stately English Renaissance court dance.
pavane (Fr.) a stately English Renaissance court dance.
paven a stately English Renaissance court dance.
pavin a stately English Renaissance court dance.
pericon (Spanish) an Argentinan folk-dance performed by couples dancing in a ring.
petronella a Scottish country dance.
pigeonwing a caper or leap in dancing, jumping and clapping feet together.
pirouetter one who pirouettes.
polk to dance a polka.
polka (Czech) a Bohemian dance or the tune for it; (verb) to dance this.
polonaise (Fr.) a stately Polish dance of moderate tempo.
polonie (Scots) a child's polonaise, a stately Polish dance of moderate tempo.
pyrrhicist (Hist.) one who danced the pyrrhic.
quadrille (Fr.) a square dance for four couples; (verb) to dance the quadrille.
quadriller one who dances the quadrille.
quickstep a fast marchlike dance; (verb) to do the quickstep.
redowa (Czech) a Bohemian dance.
reel a lively dance of the Scottish Highlands; (verb) to stagger.
rhumba (Spanish) a kind of dance; (verb) to dance the rhumba.
rigadoon a lively Baroque period dance.
rigaudon (Fr.) a lively Baroque period dance.
romaika (Mod. Gr.) a modern Greek dance.
ronggeng (Malay) a Malaysian dancing-girl.
roundel anything circular; a ring-dance.
roundle anything circular; a ring-dance.
rueda (Spanish) a Cuban street dance, performed in a circle, featuring many turns and changes of partner.
rumba (Spanish) a kind of dance; (verb) to dance the rumba.
salsa (Spanish) a rhythmic Latin-American big-band dance music; a dance performed to this; (verb) to do such a dance.
saltarello (Ital.) a lively Italian dance.
samba (Port.) a Brazilian dance; (verb) to dance the samba.
saraband (Spanish) a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, resembling the minuet.
sarabande (Spanish) a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, resembling the minuet.
sardana (Catalan) a Catalan dance in a ring formation.
schottische (Ger.) an old polka-like round dance.
seguidilla (Spanish) a Spanish folk dance, a Spanish verse form of seven lines.
shimmy a jazz dance featuring rapid shaking of the body; (verb) to dance the shimmy.
siciliana (Ital.) a Sicilian dance, resembling the pastorale.
siciliano (Ital.) a Sicilian dance, resembling the pastorale.
skank to dance to reggae music, lifting the knees in a rapid jerky movement.
skanker one who skanks, dances to reggae music.
slamdance to dance aggressively, bumping into others.
soukous (Fr.) a form of Central African dance music.
stepdancer one who does a step dance, a dance involving an effective display of steps by an individual dancer.
stepdancing doing a step dance.
stomp a jazz dance featuring heavy stamping of the feet; (verb) to stamp the feet.
strathspey reel-like Scottish dance of moderate tempo.
tango a kind of dance (verb) to dance the tango
tangoist one who dances the tango.
tangolike like a tango, a kind of dance.
tarantella (Ital.) a lively, whirling S. Italian dance once thought to be caused by tarantism.
terpsichoreal of or relating to dancing.
terpsichorean of or relating to dancing.
tordion (Fr.) a Renaissance dance similar to but slower than a galliard.
trenise (Fr.) the fourth movement of a quadrille.
tripudiary of or pertaining to the tripudium.
tripudiate to dance for joy; to exult; to stamp.
tripudium (Lat.) an ancient Roman religious dance in triple time.
turdion (Fr.) a Renaissance dance similar to but slower than a galliard.
twerk to thrust the hips up and down from a squatting position.
twerking the act of thrusting the hips up and down from a squatting position..
valeta (Spanish) a kind of dance.
valse (Fr.) a waltz; (verb) to waltz.
varsovienne (Fr.) a polka-like Polish dance.
veleta (Spanish) a kind of dance.
villanella an old rustic dance, accompanied with singing.
vogue the mode or fashion at any particular time (verb) to perform to pop music a stylized dance
voguer one who vogues, performs to pop music a stylized dance.
volta (Ital.) a lively dance for couples in 3/4 time, in which each partner lifts the other clear of the ground in turn.
waltz a ballroom dance in triple time in which couples spin around as they progress round the room; (verb) to dance this.
waltzer one who waltzes.
waltzlike like a waltz.
zapateado (Spanish) a Latin-American dance with rhythmic tapping of the feet.
zapateo (Spanish) a Spanish dance.
ziganka (Russian) a Russian country dance.