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Definition of the noun dance music

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  1. a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
  2. music to dance to
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: music = an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
    • more specific terms:
      • beguine = music written in the bolero rhythm of the beguine dance
      • bolero = music written in the rhythm of the bolero dance
      • carioca = music composed for dancing the carioca
      • conga = music composed for dancing the conga
      • flamenco = guitar music composed for dancing the flamenco
      • gavotte = music composed in quadruple time for dancing the gavotte
      • habanera = music composed in duple time for dancing the habanera
      • hornpipe = music for dancing the hornpipe
      • gigue / jig = music in three-four time for dancing a jig
      • landler = music in triple time for dancing the landler
      • mazurka = music composed for dancing the mazurka
      • minuet = a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet
      • paso doble = music in march time composed for dancing the paso doble
      • pavane / pavan = music composed for dancing the pavane
      • polka = music performed for dancing the polka
      • quadrille = music for dancing the quadrille
      • reel = music composed for dancing a reel
      • rhumba / rumba = syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba
      • samba = music composed for dancing the samba
      • saraband = music composed for dancing the saraband
      • tango = music written in duple time for dancing the tango
      • tarantella = music composed in six-eight time for dancing the tarantella
      • techno = a style of fast heavy electronic dance music usually without vocals
      • waltz = music composed in triple time for waltzing
      • ragtime / rag = music with a syncopated melody
      • jazz = a style of dance music popular in the 1920s
      • kwela = a kind of danceable music popular among black South Africans

Alternative definition of the noun dance music


  1. Music composed to accompany social dancing.


  1. Dance music a.k.a. Electronic dance music is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced primarily for dance-based entertainment environments such as nightclubs, raves, and festivals. The music is largely produced for playback by disc jockeys and is generally used in the context of a live DJ mixes where the DJ creates a seamless selection of tracks by segueing from one recording to the next.
  2. Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music. While there exist attestations of the combination of dance and music in ancient times, the earliest Western dance music that we can still reproduce with a degree of certainty are the surviving medieval dances. In the Baroque period, the major dance styles were noble court dances. In the classical music era, the minuet was frequently used as a third movement, although in this context it would not accompany any dancing. The waltz also arose later in the classical era. Both remained part of the romantic music period, which also saw the rise of various other nationalistic dance forms like the barcarolle, mazurka and polonaise.
  3. "Dance Music" is the soundtrack album by Welsh multi-instrumentalist and composer John Cale. It was released in 1998 on Detour Records label. It was produced by Cale and his then collaborator Jean-Michel Reusser. It is original music score for Ed Wubbe's ballet about Cale's long-time collaborator Nico. Most of the songs was performed by Dutch group Ice Nine.
  4. "Dance Music" is a composition.


  1. "Dance Music" is a 1935 Austrian drama film directed by Johann Alexander Hubler-Kahla and starring Liane Haid, Gusti Huber and Hermann Thimig.
  2. "Dance Music" is a film.
    • country: Italy
    • genres: Romance Film, Drama

Phrases with Dance music

  1. square-dance music
  2. Intelligent dance music

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dance music

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Popular Music (2017)

by Norman Abjorensen

is a genre of electronic dance music built around the drum machine and heavy electronic sounds, usually without vocals. In contrast to earlier genres like disco, the electronic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century (2014)

by Lol Henderson, Lee Stacey

DANCE MUSIC The term dance music usually implies strong pulses and rhythmic patterns that are organised into repeated metric groupings, synchronising exactly with those of the dance, as does the mood of the music. The term is usually ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

music: musical styles jaipongan A modern Javanese musical style that evolved from the traditional Javanese dance music known as ketuk tilu and featuring the inclusion of Western instruments and dance movements. jangle pop A popular ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2003)

VolumeII: Performance and Production by John Shepherd

For instance, there tends to be no prescribed or correct way to dance to contemporary electronic dance music. Even though certain common moves may be discernible in this context, they are rarely named or demonstrated in the manner of ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Music (2004)

by Christine Ammer

A lively Latin dance music, originating in Puerto Rico and Cuba and popular in the United States since the late 1960s. Originally a name that Cuban musicians used much as Americans used “swing,” it came to refer to a fusion of SON vocals, ...

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