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  1. step dancenoun

    A dance emphasizing the dancer's steps.

  2. step danceverb

    To perform a step dance.

  3. Etymology: 1876 noun, 1903 verb,.


  1. Step dance

    Step dance is a generic term for dance styles in which footwork is considered to be the most important part of the dance and limb movements and styling are either restricted or considered irrelevant.Step dancing includes clog dancing in which the steps are performed by performers wearing clogs. The sound of the clogs against a hard surface produces a characteristic sound which is an important element of the dance. Irish stepdance is a widespread form of step dance. The earliest feis, or competition, occurred in 1897. It descends from traditional Irish dance, but global popularity of the Riverdance troupe significantly altered its competitive form from traditional Irish standards. Both traditional and more modern competitive styles are characterized by the use of specific shoes and by costumes that can be remarkably elaborate. Irish stepdance is, as of 2017, the only form of step dance to which a Broadway production, Lord of the Dance, has been devoted. Tap dancing is a modern form of step dancing taking its influence from a variety of older step-forms.A traditional form of individual step dancing is still found in certain areas of England such as East Anglia and Dartmoor. This style of dance is commonly performed informally in pubs to traditional folk tunes, with dancers often bringing a wooden board to dance on. Step dancing ("stomping") can also be found in other countries such as Malambo from Argentina and Zapateado from Mexico. Another form of step dancing, stepping, has been popularized by National Pan-Hellenic Council. This step dance has African roots and is an African American tradition as well as part of black history. The members of the fraternities and sororities join in steps—elaborate synchronized group routines that are performed in competitions between the fraternities and sororities called "step shows". Step shows incorporate cheerleading, military, and drill-team moves, especially the call-and-response element inherent in those forms. These aspects are not only important to the energy of stepping for entertainment use but also for bonding and pride within their organizations.


  1. Step dance

    Step dance is the generic term for dance styles where the footwork is the most important part of the dance. Body and arm movements and styling are either restricted or considered irrelevant. Step dance is one end of a spectrum of dance styles. The opposite extreme is Formation dances, where the movement patterns around the dance floor and armwork are the most important factors, and the footwork is very simple. Most social dances fall between these two extremes. There are very few pure step dances, as most include at least some upper body or arm styling. Often step dances performed in shows add elements of show styling, which can bring them into conflict with the traditionalists. Tap dancing is probably the most popular form of step dancing taking its influence from a variety of older step-forms. There are many regionally/country specific types of Step Dance it is considered to be an espeically predominant folk dance form in Great Britain and Ireland. Irish hard-shoe dance as popularised by River Dance is a form of step dance and the older Sean-nós is less formal Irish step dance style. England also has at least two distinguishable forms of step-dance clog done in wooden soled shoes and step-dancing done in regular, or increasingly tap shoes. Scotland and Wales also have a distinct step-dance traditions. Other specific styles of step-dancing can be found in the USA, where it can be called clogging or flat-footing and in Canada with the Cape Breton style of dance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of step dance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of step dance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6


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