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east coast swing
/ˈiːst kˈoʊst swˈɪŋ/
noun
a popular partner dance style that originated in the United States, characterized by its energetic and lively movements, often danced to swing or big band music
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Balboa
/bɑɫˈboʊə/
noun
a vintage swing dance characterized by a close embrace, intricate footwork, and smooth movements
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boogie-woogie
/ˈbuɡiˈwuɡi/, /ˈbʊɡiˈwʊɡi/
noun
a fast-paced, energetic form of blues and jazz piano music characterized by a lively, rhythmic style of playing
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jive
/ˈdʒaɪv/
noun
a lively and energetic form of swing dance that originated in the United States, characterized by fast footwork, high-energy movements, and upbeat music
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LeRoc
/lə ɹˈɑːk/
noun
a versatile partner dance with swing dance influences, characterized by smooth, flowing movements and danced to contemporary music
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Lindy Hop
/lˈɪndi hˈɑːp/
noun
an energetic American dance that was popular in the 1930s (probably named for the aviator Charles Lindbergh)
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west coast swing
/wˈɛst kˈoʊst swˈɪŋ/
noun
a partner dance that originated in the United States, characterized by its slotted style, smooth movements, and emphasis on improvisation and musicality
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skip jive
/skˈɪp dʒˈaɪv/
noun
a style of dance that originated in the United Kingdom and is characterized by its fast-paced, energetic movements, typically danced to rock and roll or rhythm and blues music
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St. Louis shag
/sənt lˈuːi ʃˈæɡ/
noun
a vintage swing dance with energetic, playful movements, originated in St. Louis, Missouri, danced to jazz or swing music
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charleston
/ˈtʃɑɹəɫstən/, /ˈtʃɑɹɫstən/
noun
an American ballroom dance in syncopated rhythm; popular early in the 20th century
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Carolina shag
/kˌæɹəlˈaɪnə ʃˈæɡ/
noun
a smooth partner dance from the Carolinas, known for its relaxed style, close embrace, and danced to beach music or rhythm and blues
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hand jive
/hˈænd dʒˈaɪv/
noun
a style of dance that involves intricate hand movements and gestures typically performed to music, often associated with rock and roll or rhythm and blues genres
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ballet
/bæˈɫeɪ/
noun
a form of performing art that narrates a story using elaborate dance movements set to music but no words
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Baroque dance
/bɚɹˈoʊk dˈæns/
noun
a style of dance that originated during the Baroque period in the 17th and 18th centuries
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basse danse
/bˈæs dˈæns/
noun
a historical Renaissance dance with slow, stately movements and intricate footwork, often accompanied by early music or courtly music
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galliard
/ɡˈælɪɚd/
noun
a lively dance in triple time for a pair of two with five steps or a piece of music for this dance popular in the 16th century
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pavane
/pˈæveɪn/
noun
a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
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allemande
/ˈæləmˌænd/
noun
a historical dance that originated during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, characterized by moderate tempo, stately movements, and formal patterns
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courante
/kɜːɹˈɑːnteɪ/
noun
a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
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branle
/bɹˈænəl/
noun
a lively historical dance from the Renaissance period, danced in a circle or line formation, often accompanied by early music or folk music
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volta
/ˈvoʊɫtə/
noun
a Renaissance dance characterized by lively and graceful movements, often danced in pairs or as a couple's dance, accompanied by Renaissance or Baroque music
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saraband
/sˈæɹɐbˌænd/
noun
a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
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tourdion
/tˈʊɹdiən/
noun
a Renaissance dance with lively movements, often danced in a circle or line formation, accompanied by early music or folk music
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chaconne
/tʃˈækɑːn/
noun
a slow and stately dance in triple meter that originated in Spain and later became a musical form, typically featuring a repeating bass line or harmonic progression
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gigue
/dʒˈiːɡ/
noun
a lively and spirited dance characterized by fast, upbeat movements typically performed in triple meter, often used as a finale in baroque dance suites
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loure
/lˈɜː/
noun
a slow and stately dance characterized by graceful and flowing movements, often performed in triple meter and commonly associated with the baroque era
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minuet
/mɪnˌjuˈɛt/
noun
a stately court dance in the 17th century
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passepied
/pˈæsɛpɪd/
noun
a quick and lively dance characterized by intricate footwork, often performed in binary form and featuring a characteristic skipping step, commonly found in baroque dance suites
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rigaudon
/ɹˈɪɡɔːdən/
noun
a lively and rhythmical dance characterized by its hopping steps and upbeat tempo, often performed in duple meter and commonly found in baroque dance suites
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classical ballet
/klˈæsɪkəl bælˈeɪ/
noun
a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
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court ballet
/kˈoːɹt bælˈeɪ/
noun
a form of ballet that emerged in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, typically performed in the royal courts of Europe
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romantic ballet
/ɹoʊmˈæntɪk bælˈeɪ/
noun
a style of ballet that emerged during the early 19th century, characterized by its emphasis on emotion, storytelling, and fantastical elements
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neoclassical ballet
/nˌiːoʊklˈæsɪkəl bælˈeɪ/
noun
a 20th-century style that combines classical ballet techniques with contemporary
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bourree
/bˈɜːɹiː/
noun
a style of dance that originated in France, commonly associated with the Baroque era, characterized by quick, small steps performed on demi-pointe or en pointe
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tap dance
/tˈæp dˈæns/
noun
a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
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buck-and-wing
/bˈʌkændwˈɪŋ/
noun
a solo tap dance emphasizing sharp taps
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step dance
/stˈɛp dˈæns/
noun
a rhythmic form of dance characterized by intricate footwork, commonly seen in styles like Irish step dance, tap dance, or clogging
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toe dance
/tˈoʊ dˈæns/
noun
a dance performed on tiptoe
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stomp
/ˈstɑmp/
noun
a dance involving a rhythmical stamping step
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