step dance


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

Examples of step dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watch Just My Luck on Hulu 09 of 11 Once (2007) Between the Irish step dance and the jig, music — let alone bagpipes — is synonymous with St. Patrick's Day. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024 Irish step dance, that is, the athletic art form whose humble roots in ancient Ireland have grown to worldwide fame with the onset of the famed Riverdance show, and who found an unlikely ambassador in Collins. Globe Staff,, 19 Aug. 2023 The show features a multigenerational cast of performers from both companies and live music by the fiddle/guitar duo of Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna. Both Curran and Carr, who’ve known each other since 1998, are children of Irish immigrants and grew up taking Irish step dance. Karen Campbell,, 14 July 2023 On Thursday, there again will be pickleball from 4 to 9 p.m., and step dance and cupstacking at 6 p.m. at the park. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 July 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of step dance was in 1887

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“Step dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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