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 ceremonial dance is performed in the streets to appease the ghosts and keep them from getting angry.
Kiwis ranging from heavily tattooed bikers to business executives, children and the elderly have lined up to perform the intimidating ceremonial dance which begins with fierce chants roughly translated as "I Live!
National anthems of the Pakistan and Sri Lanka were played and ceremonial dance performances by troupes showcased national unity and culture.
Next, the first lady is scheduled to have tea with her Malawian counterpart and watch a ceremonial dance performance.
Nordin said he's often attended the Harvest Pow Wow and is always awed by the Grand Entry, a ceremonial dance featuring Native Americans wearing tribal regalia.
Young Kuwaiti men during a ceremonial dance before they commence their 30th annual Pearl Diving trip
Finally the pair descend to the beginning of the Reed Festival, where Nothando is ready to dance joyously in her first ceremonial dance. "Nothando's Journey" is especially illuminated by stunning artwork of strange fabric paper collages and mixed media in gorgeous tones of peach, orange, sepia, and rainbow myriads, all contrasting with the dark skin of Jabu and Nothando dancing and moving.
Other than at school, there will be few of us who have ever performed this spring ceremonial dance, but it sums up this special holiday nonetheless.
Paul Davenport helpfully starts his introduction with a section entitled 'What is this book?' and tells us, quite simply, that 'This is an attempt to bring together in one place, the references and mentions of ceremonial dance and ceremonials involving dance, in Yorkshire.'
Newcomer Galerie Lemaire, one of the world's oldest tribal art galleries, shows a ceremonial dance skirt made out of snail shells from the Admiralty Islands (Fig.
The former production, previewed this past fall at Los Angeles's REDCAT before it premiered in December in Belgium, combines oratory, choral music, ceremonial dance and aggressive lighting design (including a harsh beam that shines for an extended time into the audience's eyes) and features an ensemble of 10 Maori women drawing on their culture's chants and rituals to comment on the state of the world.
The Barong dance is a sacred ceremonial dance that follows a basic series of stages.