ceremonial dance

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Noun1.ceremonial dance - a dance that is part of a religious ritualceremonial dance - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
apache devil dance - a ritual dance of the Apache
dance of death, danse macabre - a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
ghost dance - a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
pyrrhic - an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
rain dance - a ritual dance intended to bring rain
snake dance - a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
sun dance - a ceremonial dance performed by Amerindians at the summer solstice
war dance - a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
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To add to the drama, ladies in colorful billowy skirts performed ritual dances, their slow, graceful movements keeping pace with the hypnotic sound of traditional Korean music.
A huge number of people come to the shrine every Thursday to take part in ritual dances and prayers.
The fete culminated with a cultural show highlighting Kiblawan talents portraying the Blaan ritual dances, national folk dances, rondalla choir and other cultural dances.
The Gulf's loop currents of resistant countercultures--whether in jazz or blues, Mexican or Cuban son, counterclockwise ritual dances and flying bird-men, carnival parades or grassroots community activism--work from traditions of creolization and indigeneity that have shaped the world.
A male ceremonial singer then takes the girl to a specially erected tipi or lodge, singing a cycle of creation songs while the girl performs ritual dances.
In a grotesque parody of the modern human and the differences between the sexes, the stage is transformed into an 'animalarium' with acrobatics, heels, a spoon in the nose, rooster fight and ritual dances.
In the first, the masks represent gods and are worn during ritual dances.
Bernal Diaz describes with fascination ritual dances performed for Moctezuma and blamed the Spanish soldiers' misinterpretation of the ritual practice for the Feast of Huitzilopochtli massacre.
The competition featured ritual dances that left the audience in awe.
The concert was dedicated to the memory of Frank Shaw, former Chairman of Governors, and he would have been so proud of these young people, who could encompass the abrasiveness of Tippett in his Praeludium for Brass, Bells and Percussion (they missed a trick by not playing the Ritual Dances from Midsummer Marriage on this day of all days), and the sonorous nostalgia of Delius' Sea Drift.
The classical dance of Bhutan reflects the religious mask pageants and ritual dances, which the Buddhist monks executed at a monastery in Bodh Gaya.
In a seminal article, "The Ritual Origins of Chinese Theater," (23) van der Loon set out to correct the evolutionary view of dramatic historians who traced theater's origins to the pre-Han dynasty ritual dances and shamans but claimed that in the course of the history of theater these ritual elements gradually faded in a steady process of secularization that continued into modern-day China.