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dance attendance (up)on (someone)

To perform assiduously and obsequiously any task required or requested by someone. After earning his fortune, he now has servants constantly dancing attendance on him. He's always dancing attendance upon us so that we'll let him hang out with us.
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be in attendance

To be present for something; to be at a particular event as it happens. Any of my students who are in attendance at tonight's lecture will get extra credit.
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take attendance

To review a list of people who are supposed to be in attendance and mark down who is actually present. Make sure you take attendance as soon as the bell rings, because it must be noted if a student is late.
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take attendance

to make a record of persons attending something. The teacher took attendance before starting the class. I will take attendance each day.
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dance attendance on

Wait on attentively and obsequiously, obey someone's every wish or whim. For example, He expected his secretary to dance attendance on him so she quit her job. This expression alludes to the old custom of making a bride dance with every wedding guest. In the 1500s it was used first to mean "await" an audience with someone, but by about 1600 it had acquired its present meaning. Also see at someone's beck and call.
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dance attendance on

do your utmost to please someone by attending to all their needs or requests.
The expression originally referred to someone waiting ‘kicking their heels’ until an important person summoned them or would see them.
1999 Shyama Perera I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet Tammy and I sat on a vinyl bench seat and watched the visiting flow while Jan disappeared to dance attendance on her mother.
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be in atˈtendance

(formal) be present at a special event: Several heads of state were in attendance at the funeral.
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take atˈtendance

(American English) check who is present and who is not present at a place and mark this information on a list of names: The teacher took attendance at the beginning of every class.
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ˌdance atˈtendance on somebody

(British English, formal) do a lot of small jobs in order to please somebody: She always has an assistant dancing attendance on her.

dance attendance on

To attend to or try to please (someone) with eagerness or obsequiousness.
See also: attendance, dance, on

dance attendance on, to

To obey someone’s slightest whim or wish, to act as someone’s obsequious flunky. The term comes from the ancient custom of having the bride dance with every wedding guest, whether she wanted to or not. It has been used since the early sixteenth century, first in the sense of waiting for someone to grant an audience, as by John Skelton (Why Come Ye Not to Court? 1522), “And syr ye must daunce attendance . . . for my Lord’s Grace hath now no time nor space to speke with you as yet.” By Shakespeare’s time it had been extended to being at someone’s beck and call (“To dance attendance on their lordships’ pleasures,” HenryVIII, 5.2). It was a cliché by about 1700.
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Captain Webb Primary in Dawley scored the biggest reduction in persistent absence, while Old Park Primary School in Malinslee achieved the most improved attendance.
Of the 71,320 ED attendances during March 2019, 58,341 (81.8%) had attended a Type 1 ED, 5,644 (7.9%) attended a Type 2 ED and 7,335 (10.3%) attended a Type 3 ED.
Across the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur come out on top when it comes to the highest topflight attendance for any one game this season, figures have revealed.
This compares to average Sunday attendance levels of 12,400 people.
Aggregate attendance was 662,791 compared to 1,033,543 12 months ago, a drop of 36 per cent.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council, with the highest overall absence rate among South Wales authorities at 8.2 per cent, said it was tackling the issue and had brought in project officers with a number of initiatives to improve attendances - including truancy talks and reward schemes.
Pupils will join a local football hero to show how good attendance can lead to better exam results and better performances at work.
In addition, there was a significant effect of attendance on overall test scores in the class.
Both Everton and Liverpool have contributed to the rise in attendances, regularly playing to packed houses on Merseyside.
BRITAIN'S racecourses fared much better than Ireland's in terms of attendance in the first half of this year, figures released to the Racing Post have revealed.
A secondary with one of the worst school attendance records has admitted the number of pupils missing lessons is totally unsatisfactory.
A SUPERHERO turned up on time to congratulate schoolchildren in Knowsley on the success of their Attendance Fortnight.
The top three average attendances in the Second Division are Cardiff City on 12,879, QPR on 12,873 and Bristol City on 11,671.
LIVERPOOL have come out on top of a list as the club who have been involved in the most fixtures with a highest attendance.
Successful schools begin by engaging students and making sure that they will come to school regularly, so the attendance rate become very important.