Definitions for: Ballroom Dancing


[n] any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom



Synonyms: ballroom dance

See Also: beguine, bunny hug, carioca, cha-cha, cha-cha-cha, charleston, conga, cotilion, cotillion, fox-trot, minuet, one-step, paso doble, quickstep, round dance, round dancing, rumba, samba, social dancing, tango, two-step, valse, waltz




Famous Quotes Containing Ballroom Dancing:


You get a show where people are jumping up and dancing, but it's not a critical event in the sense of profound catharsis. Essentially it's celebratory.

-- Archie Shepp (American Musician)

I have had so many great moments, but I would have to say that dancing the Swan in 'Swan Lake' was such a unique and passionate experience for me. It was such bloody hard work, even at that very early age, that I would not want to try to replicate it again now.

-- William Kempe (English Actor)

I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.

-- Fred Astaire (American Actor)

I'm working toward a CD that will have all of you dancing like crazy.

-- Paula Abdul (American Musician)

One out of forty American men wears women's clothing. We've had more than forty presidents. One of these guys has been dancing around the Oval Office in a prom dress.

-- Allison Janney (American Actress)

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make - not just on your wedding day, but over and over again - and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.

-- Barbara de Angelis (American Writer)

To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother.

-- Barry Humphries (Australian Entertainer)

Dance is bigger than the physical body. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that; you're dancing spirit.

-- Judith Jamison (American Dancer)

Disco is music for dancing, and people will always want to dance.

-- Giorgio Moroder (Italian Producer)

Dancing on 'Dancing With The Stars' really broadened my fan base. I jumped off the stage backwards one week, and so many women come up to me now and say, 'You're so brave. I can't believe you put yourself out there like that'. If that inspires some girl out there, then great, because boys aren't the only ones who get to have fun. We get to have fun too.

-- Monique Coleman (American Actress)

I adore dancing.

-- Vivien Leigh (English Actress)

I had certain physical limitations that made me change the choreography for myself or made me more interested in choreography only rather than dancing. I have never been a person who wanted to just dance. I have always been interested in developing for other people.

-- Katherine Dunham (American Dancer)

I got too fed up with films that didn't make you think. I liked the idea of one that you'd have to be dancing around with. I like my mind to be engaged when I watch a film.

-- Guy Ritchie (British Director)

I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.

-- Gene Kelly (American Actor)

Dancing's not always stressful, but I always make sure that I'm prepared as I can be, both physically, mentally, and practically.

-- Deborah Bull (British Dancer)

In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.

-- Michael J. Fox (Canadian Actor)

What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life.

-- Paul A. Volcker (American Economist)

The particular ballet was not so important as the fact that I was physically healthy, and capable of getting out there and dancing as often as possible.

-- Suzanne Farrell (American Dancer)

I am taking belly dancing now. My hips are double-jointed, so I can do it really easily.

-- Alexa Vega (American Actress)

I don't want to be the oldest performer in captivity... I don't want to look like a little old man dancing out there.

-- Fred Astaire (American Actor)

It was always acting, singing and dancing that I loved.

-- Linda Lavin (American Actress)

I've always believed that the facts about dancing are more interesting than the myths, and this was a great chance for me to explore how the human body does such incredible things.

-- Deborah Bull (British Dancer)

I did my homework and didn't go out much, and had a very highly developed kitsch fantasy life where I dreamed of being a dancing girl.

-- Emily Mortimer (British Actress)

Around 7 years old, we girls took dancing lessons, joined the Brownies, the Girl Scouts, the 4H Club.

-- Ruth Buzzi (American Actress)

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.

-- Miguel Angel Ruiz (Mexican Author)

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.

-- James Brown (American Musician)

I have not wanted to intimidate audiences. I have not wanted my dancing to be an elitist form. That doesn't mean I haven't wanted it to be excellent.

-- Twyla Tharp (American Dancer)

If you look at my eyes when I'm dancing, you'll see that glazed look.

-- Ben Stiller (American Comedian)

Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.

-- Matt Groening (American Cartoonist)

We were doing the dance routine and I dislocated my knee. I've been doing stunts for a long time and it's kind of weird that I'd dislocate my knee just dancing.

-- Verne Troyer (American Actor)

Trying to describe something musical is like dancing to architecture, it's really difficult.

-- Robert Palmer (British Musician)

Well, of course a boxing match is hard because boxing isn't set for you to do good. You have to force your will upon someone, but dancing you don't have to force your will. It should be a lot easier because if I make a mistake I don't get hit.

-- Evander Holyfield (American Athlete)

David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon - Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music.

-- Eddie Van Halen (Dutch Musician)

But in reality we are accompanied by the whole dancing universe.

-- Ruth St. Denis (American Dancer)

We get these overzealous young men and their girlfriends. It's happened occasionally where one of them will lean up against the front of the stage and the guy is behind her, and it starts off as just dancing and then it gets into something more.

-- Chris Frantz (American Musician)


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