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

Examples of tap dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In its new, roomier location, Steps expanded, introducing children’s programs, lectures, scholarships and disciplines like tap dance and musical theater. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "Carol Paumgarten, ‘Den Mother’ to a Dance Scene, Dies at 76," 9 Oct. 2020 With no fans at stadiums, and bogus sound being pumped in, well, that's sort of like a tap dance to symphonic music for the play-by-play guys. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "On Football: Sounds of Silence for radio broadcasters," 18 Sep. 2020 In its 12th season, the program offers basic to advanced dance classes in technique, musical theater character and style, heels, tap dance, ballet, contemporary dance, classical jazz and hip-hop. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, "Learn to dance, get crafty: 3 Arizona arts groups have a summer's worth of family fun online," 3 July 2020 Fayard and Harold Nicholas began their meteoric careers as children, on the black vaudeville circuit, innovating an acrobatic form of tap dance. R. L. Lipstein, The New Yorker, "Richard Brody’s Cinema Therapy: Films of Riotous Whimsy," 26 June 2020 Today, Anissa, at 22, likes to dress up like 1930s child star Shirley Temple, watch Disney movies and tap dance. Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Medical research, clinical trials for most diseases take a hit amid pandemic panic," 5 June 2020 The worst part of an inflatable pool is waiting to fill it up while impatient kids tap dance in their floaties. Popular Science, "The best inflatable kiddie pools for backyard fun," 8 June 2020 Jenifer Merriam, who once owned a preschool, has tried hard to give her daughter a happy life, taking her to Japanese tea gardens and festivals and enrolling her in acting and tap dance classes. Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Medical research, clinical trials for most diseases take a hit amid pandemic panic," 5 June 2020 The band’s first three albums showed an impressive ability to metabolize musical styles and eras, but even more dazzling was the attitudinal tap dance that Healy performed in his lyrics. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The 1975 Has More to Say," 25 May 2020

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First Known Use of tap dance

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tap dance was in 1928

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23 Oct 2020

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“Tap dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20dance. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for tap dance

tap dance


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

tap dance


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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