dance [dans, dahns] verb, danced,danc·ing, noun verb (used without object) 1.to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in apattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music. 2.to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; movenimbly or quickly: to dance with joy. 3.to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond verb (used with object) 4.to perform or take part in (a dance): to dance a waltz. 5.to cause to dance: He danced her around the ballroom. 6.to cause to be in a specified condition by dancing: She danced her way to stardom.