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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.
See also: attendance, dance

take attendance

to make a record of persons attending something. The teacher took attendance before starting the class. I will take attendance each day.
See also: attendance, take

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.
See also: attendance, dance, on

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.
See also: attendance, dance, on

be in atˈtendance

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

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.
See also: attendance, take

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
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When the school was last inspected in 2004, before closure plans were revealed, the school, which then had 30 pupils on the roll, had an average attendance level of 90 per cent with no unauthorised absence.
WHEN inspectors last visited Cwmclydach they found that attendance was unsatisfactory.
IN the last academic year inspectors found attendance levels at Rhydypenau Primary in Llanishen, Cardiff, to be good.
The report found: 'The overall attendance rate last year exceeded the national and local averages for primary schools.
Jones (1984) examined the correlation between attendance before an exam and the student's score on the next exam, and he found that there were significant negative correlations between exam scores and absences before the exam.
However, the quizzes in the current study were constructed as a means to determine the attendance of students in the course, and not as a strong measure of their comprehension.
Another possible limitation of the current study is the definition of attendance that we utilized.
Some evidence of class attendance and grade performance.
Relationship of initial class attendance and seating location to academic performance in psychology classes.
Effect of Saturday classes on grades and attendance.
A correlation between attendance and grades in a first-year psychology course.
Effect of Friday afternoon classes on grades and attendance.
Effects of mandatory attendance on student performance.
Table 1: Consultant outpatient attendances by sector, England, 2000-01
Table 2: Consultant outpatient attendances by sector, England, 2001-02 April to June (Q1) Sector First First Subsequent Subsequent attendances attendances attendances attendances seen DNA seen DNA All specialties 3,020,570 366,627 7,662,744 1,081,361 Surgical acute 1,831,144 211,465 3,723,322 519,803 Non surgical acute 970,385 123,462 3,115,820 422,178 All acute 2,801,529 334,927 6,839,142 941,981 Geriatric 28,516 2,875 90,781 10,657 General & acute (acute plus geriatric) 2,830,045 337,802 6,929,923 952,638 Mental illness 65,421 18,105 406,463 98,947 Learning disabilities 1,791 219 21,120 2,100 Maternity 123,313 10,501 10,501 305,238