social dancing

Definitions of social dancing
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n dancing as part of a social occasion

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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)
farandole
a lively dance from Provence; all the dancers join hands and execute various figures
beguine
a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies; similar to the rumba
carioca
a lively ballroom dance that resembles the samba
cha-cha, cha-cha-cha
a modern ballroom dance from Latin America; small steps and swaying movements of the hips
one-step
an early ballroom dance; precursor to the fox-trot
fox-trot, foxtrot
a ballroom dance in quadruple time; combines short and long and fast and slow steps fixed sequences
two-step
a ballroom dance in duple meter; marked by sliding steps
bunny hug
a syncopated ballroom dance formerly popular in the US
Charleston
an American ballroom dance in syncopated rhythm; popular early in the 20th century
conga
a Latin American dance of 3 steps and a kick by people in single file
cotilion, cotillion
a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century
minuet
a stately court dance in the 17th century
paso doble
a ballroom dance in fast duple time
quickstep
a ballroom dance with both quick and slow steps
rhumba, rumba
a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance
samba
a lively ballroom dance from Brazil
round dance, round dancing
a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
tango
a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin
valse, waltz
a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat
mazurka
a Polish national dance in triple time
polka
a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
morris dance, morris dancing
any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
sword dance, sword dancing
any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air
hornpipe
a British solo dance performed by sailors
jig
any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
ring dance, round dance
a folk dance; dancers form a circle
rhumba, rumba
a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement
Type of:
dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

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