step dance


: a dance in which steps are emphasized rather than gesture or posture

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Onstage, the tale of a sad, fragile boy in the unforgiving South broke out into a wild collegiate step dance, an ecstatic church baptism, a blues number in a lowdown bar, and some testosterone-charged joshing from a quartet of older brothers. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 Schmiggity’s, a downtown club, features live music and comedy as well as two-step dance lessons and karaoke. Cindy Hirschfeld, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2023 The replicated set features artwork sent in by fans from a call-out contest leading up to Comic-Con, streaming episodes and live performances by a professional step dance crew and a double dutch rope team. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 July 2022 Shively’s newcomer joins his countrymen in an impressive tap whirlwind inspired by Irish step dance, while DuPont’s runaway brings an earthy, sometimes modern, style that leads from the center. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 3 Apr. 2022 The Irish step dance and music show has been reinvented in a new tour with updated music, sound and lights. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2022 Self-aware leaders are always engaged in a two-step dance with their people. Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 There’s an opportunity to do a step dance inside of an opera? New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 The legislation is part of a complicated, two-step dance Democrats are trying to execute to enact a cornerstone of Biden’s domestic agenda., 12 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of step dance was in 1887

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“Step dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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