tap dance


Definition of tap dance

1 : a step dance tapped out audibly by means of shoes with hard soles or soles and heels to which taps have been added
2 : something suggesting a tap dance especially : an action or discourse intended to rationalize or distract does a clever tap dance to explain — Campbell Geeslin

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Other Words from tap dance

tap-dance \ ˈtap-​ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce tap-dance (audio) \ intransitive verb
tap dancer noun
tap dancing noun

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The pace rapidly shifted to lyrical, modern and tap dances, along with some comedic overtones. Elizabeth Moore, NOLA.com, "North Shore Notables: Project Love benefit helps mother battling cancer," 13 May 2018 STEPS Performing Arts teaches tap dance, and the show gives those students a chance to shine. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "STEPs features two shows in one weekend: 'The Wizard of Oz' and '42nd Street'," 11 July 2018 Hot as in sweaty hot after our Monday night tap dance class. Karina Bland, azcentral, "We're so hot, but maybe not the way we used to be," 5 July 2018 So my creative mind is doing a little tap dance and daydreaming and looking out the window and thinking about things. Will Hermes, Longreads, "‘I Love What Human Voices Do Together’: An Interview with Neko Case," 9 June 2018 His score for piano and electronics accompanies the piece, in which Mr. Teicher is joined by six dancers to investigate vernacular jazz, tap dance and the Lindy Hop. New York Times, "9 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Bresch tap danced a little, talking about how the price hike was justified because of a brand-awareness campaign and a package redesign. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Always look on the bright side of life, says CEO who raised EpiPen price by more than 400%," 5 June 2018 Hip-hop, tap dance, jazz, African, contemporary and modern dance will be taught. Caitlin Granfield, miamiherald, "Your child will never be bored at these camps | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 His wife, a former architect, teaches tap dance part time and is starting her own home furnishings line later this year. Aileen Jacobson, New York Times, "East Chelsea, Manhattan: Once Industrial, Now Residential," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tap dance

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tap dance

: a kind of dance in which you wear special shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes and make tapping sounds with your feet


\ ˈtap-ˌdans\
tap-danced; tap-dancing

Kids Definition of tap-dance

: to perform a tap dance

Other Words from tap dance

tap-dancer noun

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Kids Definition of tap dance

: a kind of dance featuring loud tapping sounds from shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes

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