Dance vs. Dancing - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Dance

    Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin. An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics.

  • Dancing

    Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin. An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics.

Wiktionary

  • Dance (noun)

    A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.

  • Dance (noun)

    A social gathering where dancing is the main activity.

  • Dance (noun)

    A normally horizontal stripe called a fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.

  • Dance (noun)

    A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.

  • Dance (noun)

    The art, profession, and study of dancing.

  • Dance (noun)

    A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.page=387

  • Dance (verb)

    To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.

    "I danced with her all night long."

  • Dance (verb)

    To leap or move lightly and rapidly.

    "His eyes danced with pleasure as he spoke."

    "She accused her political opponent of dancing around the issue instead of confronting it."

  • Dance (verb)

    To perform the steps to.

    "Have you ever danced the tango?"

  • Dance (verb)

    To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.

  • Dancing (noun)

    The activity of taking part in a dance.

  • Dancing (noun)

    A dance club in France.

  • Dancing (verb)

    present participle of dance

Webster Dictionary

  • Dance (verb)

    To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically.

  • Dance (verb)

    To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.

  • Dance

    To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle.

  • Dance (noun)

    The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord with music.

  • Dance (noun)

    A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.

  • Dancing

    from Dance.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Dance (noun)

    an artistic form of nonverbal communication

  • Dance (noun)

    a party of people assembled for dancing

  • Dance (noun)

    taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

  • Dance (noun)

    a party for social dancing

  • Dance (verb)

    move in a graceful and rhythmical way;

    "The young girl danced into the room"

  • Dance (verb)

    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance;

    "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"

  • Dance (verb)

    skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways;

    "Dancing flames"

    "The children danced with joy"

  • Dancing (noun)

    taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

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