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Types of dance

belly dance

noun

a dance from the Middle East performed by a woman using controlled movements of the hips and stomach

bolero

noun

a dance from Spain, performed by a man and a woman together, or the music for this dance

boogie

noun

a dance to fast popular music

bop

noun

a dance to popular music

bossa nova

noun

a fast dance from Brazil, or the music for this dance

can-can

noun

a dance performed by a line of women in which they kick their legs high

cha-cha

noun

a South American dance with short quick steps, or the music for this dance

Charleston

noun

a fast dance that was popular in the 1920s

conga

noun

a Latin American dance performed in a line with each person’s hands on the hips of the person in front of them

dance

noun

a pattern of movements that you make with your feet and your body, following the sound of music

dancing

noun

the activity of moving your feet and your body in a pattern of movements that follows the sound of music

fandango

noun

a fast dance from Spain, done by a man and a woman together

flamenco

noun

a traditional lively dance from Spain

foxtrot

noun

a dance done by two people together in which some slow steps are followed by some quick steps. The music for this type of dance is also called a foxtrot.

gavotte

noun

a quick dance popular in France in the 18th century

Highland fling

noun

a lively traditional dance from the Scottish Highlands performed by one person

hornpipe

noun

a lively dance, traditionally performed by sailors, or the music for this dance

jig

noun

a fast traditional dance that involves a lot of small jumping steps

jitterbug

noun

a very fast dance of the 1940s in which two people hold hands and do many different steps

jive

noun

a dance to fast music that became popular in the 1930s and 1940s in which a man and a woman hold hands and the man swings the woman round

lambada

noun

a dance from Brazil, done by a man and a woman who both make slow movements with their hips

lapdance

noun

a dance with sexual movements close to someone or in someone’s lap, usually by a dancer at a nightclub

the limbo

noun

a dance from the Caribbean in which people bend backwards and go under a stick that is moved lower as the dance continues. It is often also called limbo dancing.

mambo

noun

a dance from Cuba, done by a man and a woman together

minuet

noun

a slow dance that was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, done by a man and woman together, or the music for this dance

the polka

noun

a fast lively dance for people dancing in pairs, popular in the 19th century

the polonaise

noun

a slow dance from Poland in which the dancers perform a formal march

quadrille

noun

a slow formal dance done by several people who form a square

quickstep

noun

a dance with short fast steps, done by a man and a woman together

reel

noun

a traditional Scottish dance

rumba

noun

a dance from Cuba, done by a man and a woman together

salsa

noun

a dance performed to salsa music

samba

noun

a fast dance from Brazil

square dance

noun

a traditional dance from North America in which groups of men and women in pairs form a square while they are dancing

sword dance

noun

a traditional Scottish dance in which you dance around two crossed swords laid on the floor

tango

noun

a dance from Argentina, done by a man and a woman who hold each other very tightly with their cheeks sometimes touching

tarantella

noun

a fast Italian dance in which you spin round and round

the twist

noun

a dance to fast music that was popular in the 1960s, in which people twist their bodies from side to side

two-step

noun

a fast dance that a man and woman do together

the waltz

noun

a dance in which a pair of dancers turns continuously while moving around the dance floor

war dance

noun

a dance that members of some tribes traditionally performed before or after a battle

twerking

noun

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breakfast rave

a rave … that takes place early in the morning and where there is no alcohol or drugs …

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