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:


As an actor, I've grown considerably. It's taken me years to get comfortable doing a romantic scene and dancing on stage in front of a live audience. I've really opened up a lot.

-- Sanjay Dutt (Indian Actor)

Dancing is a wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.

-- Christopher Morley (American Author)

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

-- Rod Serling (American Writer)

I don't remember not dancing. When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance.

-- Gregory Hines (American Actor)

I would have to challenge the term, modern dance. I don't really use that term in relation to my work. I simply think of it as dancing. I think of it as moving.

-- Twyla Tharp (American Dancer)

How can you practice dancing in an airplane? There's a law against it.

-- George Murphy (American Dancer)

I never really did any disco dancing.

-- Barry Gibb (English Musician)

Dancing is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. 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)

I knew I was happy when I was dancing.

-- Ajay Naidu (American Actor)

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)

When I owned the theater, I had the Glen Miller Orchestra. I had 20 girls singing and dancing. I had a cast of characters. It was a big group production, as well as ushers, ticket takers.

-- Bobby Vinton (American Musician)

The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing.

-- Doris Humphrey (American Dancer)

All the gestures of children are graceful; the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences with the introduction of the dancing master.

-- Joshua Reynolds (English Artist)

My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.

-- Ginger Rogers (American Actress)

To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in thorough unison with the others in that particular group, and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament, rhythm or technique; she may phrase, accentuate or actually interpret differently.

-- Florenz Ziegfeld (American Producer)

When I was 12 years old, someone took me to see Martha Graham. It was nothing like what I thought of as serious dancing and even then I knew I was having a great experience. It was as if somebody was moving through space like no one ever did before.

-- Leslie Fiedler (American Critic)

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

-- Henny Youngman (American Comedian)

I just finished a film with Michael Radford called Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

-- Daryl Hannah (American Actress)

On my fifth film, it was then that I stopped dancing.

-- Victoria Abril (Spanish Actress)

We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

-- Martha Graham (American Dancer)

Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.

-- Ruben Blades ( Musician)

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

-- Moliere (French Playwright)

Some people come in and really freak. There's movement everywhere, even a dancing housekeeper!

-- Tom Bergeron (American Celebrity)

I get amazed, I can't look at it but about 10 seconds, at these politicians dancing around this, dancing around this, I'm trying to find a correct name for it, this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men.

-- Jimmy Swaggart (American Clergyman)

My grandmother had a Miss Margaret's School of Dance to teach tap and ballet to kids, but I never studied it. I was raised a Mormon and they're dancing fools. It's the only vice they have - dancing.

-- Michelle Shocked (American Musician)

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

-- Barry Humphries (Australian Entertainer)

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

-- Michael J. Fox (Canadian Actor)

I could work out a lot of my emotions by going to class and dancing.

-- Suzanne Farrell (American Dancer)

There's no dancing girls. We're kinda like secondary to the thing. It's a story about these two guys that are in love with this one girl and how it unfolds and what happens.

-- Eric Carr ( Musician)

Finally, you get the job, and you think you'll be dancing on the ceiling, but I just wanted to go take a nap. It was just like a weight had been lifted off or something.

-- Josh Duhamel (American Actor)

I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.

-- Horace Walpole (English Author)

The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness.

-- Henry Fielding (English Novelist)

When you're dancing, you're dancing for people to see.

-- Pharrell Williams (American Musician)

West Side Story was terribly important because of the style of the dancing and the gangs of New York.

-- Vincente Minnelli (American Director)


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