|1.||a dance based on a march with intricate steps, originally performed by African-Americans with the prize of a cake for the best performers|
|2.||a piece of music composed for this dance|
|3.||informal an easily accomplished task|
|4.||(intr) to perform the cakewalk|
couple dance that became a popular stage act for virtuoso dancers as well as a craze in fashionable ballrooms around 1900. Couples formed a square with the men on the inside and, stepping high to a lively tune, strutted around the square. The couples were eliminated one by one by several judges, who considered the elegant bearing of the men, the grace of the women, and the inventiveness of the dancers; the last remaining pair was presented with a highly decorated cake
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