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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A street dancing competition was staged on Saturday with 10 contingents from different Bicol towns performing ritual dances along the 5-kilometer parade route from Penaranda Park to the city's grand terminal.
Sometimes we hear a subtext of the Ritual Dances from Tippett's Midsummer Marriage (Matthews' two outer movements are Spring and Summer Dances), and what better role-model than that?
Most of the rock engravings depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars.
or Cuban son, counterclockwise ritual dances and flying bird-men,
"A huge number of people come to the shrine every Thursday to take part in ritual dances and prayers.
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 the Mescalero tradition, the girl makes four ritual runs to the east towards the rising sun, circling a basket tray filled with ritual objects.
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. These masks are often made of papier-mache, wood or clay, and are brightly colored.
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 classical dance of Bhutan reflects the religious mask pageants and ritual dances, which the Buddhist monks executed at a monastery in Bodh Gaya.