social dancing

Definitions of social dancing
  1. noun
    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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