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shadow dance

noun
1.
a dance in which shadows of the dancers are cast on a screen.
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  • The shadow dance I learned from seeing it done by another person.

  • I tried uncouthly to imitate the tune to the ladies of the family at breakfast, and they say it is "the shadow dance of Dinorah."

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Then came a great social event, the annual "mask and shadow dance" of a local political organization.

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr
  • In the half darkness Polly danced a shadow dance and then flung her arms about her friend.

  • Except for the scene of the "shadow dance," the libretto is incredibly inane—far more so than the demented heroine.

  • At the end of their labors, Frieda and Jean started a shadow dance with a big red tablecloth which Ruth had washed none too clean.

    The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold Margaret Vandercook
  • And it is a week off; and there is the bell still jangling its shadow dance out of Dinorah.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Ceres sat before the hearth with the child in her lap, and the firelight making her shadow dance upon the ceiling overhead.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Ceres sat before the hearth with the child in her lap, and the fire-light making her shadow dance upon the ceiling overhead.

  • She said that Mignon told her last night that Jerry had hired Veronica to come to the party and do that shadow dance.

Contemporary definitions for shadow dance
noun

an entertainment in which dancers perform behind an illuminated screen

Word Origin

1909-14

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