A dancer is someone who dances for fun, as a hobby, or for a job. The dancers at a rock concert often look like they're enjoying the music most of all.

You can be a dancer at your cousin's wedding reception, or a dancer in a professional ballet corps. Though the second example requires a much more serious commitment than the first, they both require you to move your body rhythmically, usually accompanied by music. In Old French, dancer means "to dance," and its origin is somewhat uncertain. One theory connects the word to the Old Frisian dintje, which means "tremble or quiver."

Definitions of dancer
  1. noun
    a person who participates in a social gathering arranged for dancing (as a ball)
    synonyms: social dancer
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    clog dancer
    someone who does clog dancing
    dancing partner
    one of a pair of people who dance together
    folk dancer
    someone who does folk dances
    a participant in a rave dancing party
    a dancer who waltzes
    morris dancer
    someone who does a morris dance
    a dancer of reels
    square dancer
    someone who does square dancing
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. noun
    a performer who dances professionally
    synonyms: professional dancer, terpsichorean
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    Alicia Alonso
    Cuban dancer and choreographer (born in 1921)
    Fred Astaire
    United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
    George Balanchine
    United States dancer and choreographer (born in Russia) noted for his abstract and formal works (1904-1983)
    Mikhail Baryshnikov
    Russian dancer and choreographer who migrated to the United States (born in 1948)
    Merce Cunningham
    United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1922)
    Agnes George de Mille
    United States dancer and choreographer who introduced formal dance to a wide audience (1905-1993)
    Isadora Duncan
    United States dancer and pioneer of modern dance (1878-1927)
    Dame Margot Fonteyn
    English dancer who danced with Rudolf Nureyev (born in 1919)
    Martha Graham
    United States dancer and choreographer whose work was noted for its austerity and technical rigor (1893-1991)
    Judith Jamison
    United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1944)
    Tamara Karsavina
    Russian dancer who danced with Nijinsky (1885-1978)
    Eugene Curran Kelly
    United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
    Dame Alicia Markova
    English ballet dancer (born in 1910)
    Leonide Fedorovitch Massine
    French choreographer and ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1895-1979)
    Arthur Mitchell
    United States dancer who formed the first Black classical ballet company (born in 1934)
    Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert
    Irish dancer (1818-1861)
    Vaslav Nijinsky
    Russian dancer considered by many to be the greatest dancer of the 20th century (1890-1950)
    Rudolf Nureyev
    Russian dancer who was often the partner of Dame Margot Fonteyn and who defected to the United States in 1961 (born in 1938)
    Anna Pavlova
    Russian ballerina (1882-1931)
    Virginia Katherine McMath
    United States dancer and film actress who partnered with Fred Astaire (1911-1995)
    woman whose dancing beguiled Herod into giving her the head of John the Baptist
    Ted Shawn
    United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ruth Saint Denis (1891-1972)
    Moira Shearer
    Scottish ballet dancer and actress (born in 1926)
    Ruth Saint Denis
    United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ted Shawn (1877-1968)
    Maria Tallchief
    United States ballerina who promoted American ballet through tours and television appearances (born in 1925)
    Twyla Tharp
    innovative United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1941)
    Antony Tudor
    United States dancer and choreographer (born in England) (1909-1987)
    Galina Sergeevna Ulanova
    Russian ballet dancer (1910-1998)
    Gaetan Vestris
    Italian dancing-master for Louis XVI who was considered the greatest dancer of his day; he was the first to discard the mask in mime (1729-1808)
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    ballet dancer
    a trained dancer who is a member of a ballet company
    ballet master
    a man who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
    ballet mistress
    a woman who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
    belly dancer, exotic belly dancer, exotic dancer
    a woman who performs a solo belly dance
    chorine, chorus girl, showgirl
    a woman who dances in a chorus line
    dance master, dancing-master
    a professional teacher of dancing
    hoofer, stepper
    a professional dancer
    a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
    nautch girl
    a professional dancing girl in India
    tap dancer, tapper
    a dancer who sounds out rhythms by using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes
    taxi dancer
    a woman employed to dance with patrons who pay a fee for each dance
    ballerina, danseuse
    a female ballet dancer
    danseur, danseur noble
    a male ballet dancer who is the partner of a ballerina
    type of:
    performer, performing artist
    an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
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