dance to (something)

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dance to (something)

To dance while listening to something in particular (such as a song or a beat). We can't slow dance to this song, it's too fast. Oh, I can dance to a catchy tune like that!
See also: dance
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dance to something

to respond to music or rhythm with dancing. I can't dance to that fast beat! That music is horrible. No one can dance to that.
See also: dance
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
It was thus the fountains were dancing to the moon in Arabia; it was thus the Nixies shook their white limbs on the haunted banks of the Rhine; it was thus the fairy women flashed their alabaster feet on the fairy hills of Connemara; it was thus the Houris were dancing for Mahomet on the palace floors of Paradise.
Sylvia's dancing 'neath the moon, Like a star in water; Sylvia's dancing to a tune Fairy folk have taught her.
Half were they minded to do this because of the grateful indolence after six days of insistent motion, half in conservation for the hours of dancing to come.
They sat down, and for a few minutes Helen was too much under the influence of dancing to speak.
"She is only here to-night to please me; and she is only dancing to please my husband.
This 'freedom through structure' aspect of Haitian dance becomes, for me, the most nourishing part of the dance, besides the sheer joy of dancing to the drum.
Well, that's thorough enough, and the good old Random House even gives us a hint about jazz dance, calling it "dancing to such music, as with violent bodily motions and gestures." Here it has gotten perhaps a little simplistic, yet it's amusing to recall that when the Original Dixieland Jass [sic] Band arrived at Reisenweber's in New York in 1917, posters had to be displayed explaining that the music was intended for dancing.
Twenty-eight dance companies, representing international dance traditions ranging from Korean sword dancing to Peruvian courtship dancing to Tahitian welcoming dances, will perform at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, June 9-25 at the Palace of Fine Arts ...
It is admittedly quite a step and a dance from that regulation of what was very much social, or folk, dancing to the present worldwide vogue for theatrical Irish dancing, which has assumed something of the international popularity of Spanish flamenco dancing.
As choreographer Danny Buraczeski has noted, jazz dance is dancing to jazz music.
Imagine the thrill of dancing to live bag-pipe music, outside on the grass, with a heavily pleated tartan kilt swirling around you.
In a very democratic process, every applicant performs a one-minute solo of any style of dance--faculty have seen everything from karate and break dancing to gymnastics.
Hemsley Winfield, Edna Guy, and Helen Tamiris were among the many who found inspiration dancing to spirituals, while Graham's Frontier (1935) and Charles Weidman's American Saga (1936) explored other aspects of the American experience.
The Umbrella offered a wonderful look at a spectrum of dance as diverse as the South African population: from belly dancing to ballet, jazz to contemporary, Indian, Spanish and African dance forms (like gumboot dances and the infectious rhythms of slick, synchronized Mapantsula groups--like tap crossed with hip-hop).
For people having too much fun dancing to think about the tissage ("weaving") and metissage ("cross-breeding") of African and European rhythms there on the quay, a luxurious bilingual publication, La Revue Noire, did a lot of thinking for them, and it was available for purchase at all performances.