terpsichore

DEFINITIONS OF: terpsichore

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n taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Synonyms:
dance, dancing, saltation
Types:
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adagio
a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
break dance, break dancing
a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
courante
a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
nauch, nautch, nautch dance
an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
pavan, pavane
a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
phrase
dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
saraband
a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
skank
a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees
slam dance, slam dancing
a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
hoofing, step dancing
dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
toe dance, toe dancing
a dance performed on tiptoe
choreography, stage dancing
a show involving artistic dancing
pas seul, variation
(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
duet, pas de deux
(ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
pas de trois
(ballet) a dance for three people
pas de quatre
(ballet) a dance for four people
social dancing
dancing as part of a social occasion
mambo
a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing
a dance that is part of a religious ritual
tap dance, tap dancing
a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
ballet, concert dance
a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
modern dance
a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet; movements are expressive of feelings
apache dance
a violent fast dance in French vaudeville (an apache is a member of the French underworld)
belly dance, belly dancing, danse du ventre
a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
bolero
a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets
cakewalk
a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows; originated as a competition among Black dancers to win a cake
cancan
a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
nude dancing
erotic dancing with little or no clothing
jitterbug
a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s
lindy, lindy hop
an energetic American dance that was popular in the 1930s (probably named for the aviator Charles Lindbergh)
fandango
a provocative Spanish courtship dance in triple time; performed by a man and a woman playing castanets
flamenco, gypsy dancing
a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies; vigorous and rhythmic with clapping and stamping of feet
gavotte
an old formal French dance in quadruple time
habanera
a Cuban dance in duple time
shag
a lively dance step consisting of hopping on each foot in turn
shimmy
lively dancing (usually to ragtime music) with much shaking of the shoulders and hips
stomp
a dance involving a rhythmical stamping step
tarantella, tarantelle
a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
twist
social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s
ballroom dance, ballroom dancing
any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
folk dance, folk dancing
a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
apache devil dance
a ritual dance of the Apache
dance of death, danse macabre
a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
ghost dance
a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
pyrrhic
an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
rain dance
a ritual dance intended to bring rain
snake dance
a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
sun dance
a ceremonial dance performed by Amerindians at the summer solstice
war dance
a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
Type of:
diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
performing arts
arts or skills that require public performance
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