To move rhythmically usually to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures. To leap or skip about excitedly. To appear to flash or twinkle: eyes that danced with merriment. Informal To appear to skip about; vacillate: danced around the issue. To bob up and down. To engage in or perform (a dance). To cause to dance. To bring to a particular state or condition by dancing: My partner danced me to exhaustion. A series of motions and steps, usually performed to music. The art of dancing: studied dance in college. A party or gathering of people for dancing; a ball. One round or turn of dancing: May I have this dance? A musical or rhythmical piece composed or played for dancing. The act or an instance of dancing.