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Songs & Dances – MorongoPowwow

The songs and rhythms of Pow Wow have traveled through many generations. As Pow Wow celebrations have grown throughout North America, the informal gatherings of people around the drum have evolved into groups that sing and play together on a regular basis.

Pow Wows usually feature two host groups, a Northern Drum and a Southern Drum, representing the styles of the Northern (often Canadian) plains tribes, and those of the more southern tribes.
One of the most easily recognized differences between the two styles is the singing range. The northern style is high pitched, while the southern style is sung in a lower, more full-voiced register.

The bird songs and dances of the Cahuilla Indians chronicle the experiences and responses of the Cahuilla people as they migrated south. Through bird metaphor and allegory, the songs also act as lessons that instruct tribal members about stages in their lives. They are reminded that there is a proper time to “leave the nest” and start a family; that parents must let go of their maturing children.

The original Cahuilla Bird Songs were composed of more than 300 pieces that formed a cycle of stories. Songs were sung in a precise order that accurately accounted for the chronology of the migration. In a traditional setting where the complete cycle of songs were sung, the singing began at dusk symbolizing the beginning of the journey and ended at dawn – symbolic of the return home.

Protocol for singing these songs is less strict in structure than some Native American traditions where only specially designated individuals are allowed to perform certain ceremonies. Today, tribal descendants with singing talent are trained to sing the songs. Unlike many Native American dances, bird songs use no drums for accompaniment. Rhythm is supplied by gourd or tortoise-shell rattles filled with palm seeds.

Gourd dancing is not actually a Pow Wow dance style, but is more of a separate type of dance. The songs originated as part of the Cheyenne Bow Society. Songs were later adapted by the Kiowa nation, as part of their ceremony celebrating the summer blooming of the red skunk berries. The dance survived in secret during the time tribal religious dances and ceremonies were outlawed by the U.S. Government. It reappeared during the 1940’s when the Kiowa elders performed it for the American Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

It has grown in popularity since then, and is now danced by many other tribes after the Kiowa have given it to them. There is a strict brotherhood, called societies, among dancers and signers of the gourd dance. Traditionally, gourd dancing is performed prior to the Grand Entry, when the drum sings gourd songs for the dancers as they dance.

During the first song, dancers remain seated and shake their rattles in time to the song. During the second time through the song, dancers rise and dance in place, flexing their knees and shaking their rattles in time to the drumbeat. When three hard beats are introduced in the song, dancers make a slight bow and take small steps into the center of the arena where they remain dancing in place until song’s end. Only gourd dancers may dance a gourd dance, but the regalia of a gourd dancer is not too elaborate. It usually consists of a long sleeve shirt and pants, a gourd sash or vest, and a rattle.

The Men’s Northern Traditional style of dance is the oldest form of dance in Indian culture. Traditional dancers would “dance out” the story of a battle for those who had not been there or returning hunters would dance their tale of tracking an enemy or prey. The regalia has no prescribed look except for the bustle worn on the lower back. Traditional dancers never dance backwards as they perform, as this would be perceived as retreat. Also, they never turn in a full circle while dancing.

Several tribes dance their own version of the Grass Dance, with each of them having different ideas as to the origin. For some, it is an expression of the waving movement of the grass on a windy day. Another tribe remembers dancing in order to flatten out the long prairie grasses and try to kick stones out of the way in preparation for a ceremony. Still others think it originated to celebrate victory over an enemy.

Regalia is decorated with long, colorful fringes, which sway gracefully with the movement of the grass of the prairie. Dancers are expected to keep their heads moving. The purpose of this movement is to keep the roach crest feathers spinning. To keep the feathers moving constantly is one sign of a good dancer.

The Men’s Fancy Dance is the brightest and fastest of men’s dance styles. It originated in Oklahoma in the early 1900s when promoters of wild west shows encouraged Indian dancers to embellish their outfits and “dance fancy” for spectators.

The elaborate regalia features bright bustles, one at the top of the back and a larger one at the bottom of the back. It is based on the standard double step of the Traditional and Grass Dance, but it takes off from there with fancy footwork, increased speed, and acrobatic steps. Dancers must keep up with the music and follow the changing beat of the drum. Watch these dancers to see if they stop on the last beat of the drum.

The Men’s Chicken Dance originated with the Blackfoot people and is representative of the plains prairie chicken’s mating dance. The dance is characterized by jerking of the neck and a pecking like motion of the head, tapping on the ground, slow spinning movements, and a stepping motion in a forward direction.

The Men’s Southern Straight Dance, also knows as Southern Traditional, is the formal and original dance of most of the Oklahoma tribes. It is a dignified style, where the dancers keep a steady flowing pace that is not interrupted with fancy moves or extra footwork. Straight dancers wear long shirts, leggings, wide belts, and thick leather drops. Each man carries a fan in his left hand and a beaded pointing stick in his right that he uses to follow a “trail”.

The term “Straight” in a Pow Wow context refers as much to the act of following a trail, dance stick in hand, as it does to the lack of a back bustle. Dancers are judged on their ability to stay in step with the beat and to look very convincing in their search.

The Women’s Northern Traditional style is a dance of grace and elegance. Dresses can be either buckskin or cloth and can vary a great deal from one dancer to the next. The dancing itself also varies widely, based on the tribe represented.

Northern Plains Traditional dancers are often referred to as “stationary”; dancers because they remain stationary and bounce in one place in time with the beat of the drum. Their feet should never completely leave the ground, which symbolizes the close bonds between women and their Mother, the Earth. Dancers from the northern tribes walk-around the arena is a double-step style similar to the men’s style. Both Stationary and Walk-Around style dancers raise their fan during the honor beats and sway their fringe dresses and shawls in time with the beat of the drum.

The Women’s Southern Traditional style of dance is similar to Women’s Northern Traditional in the way the dance is performed, but there are differences. Southern Dancers move in clockwise circles, stepping to a slightly slower rhythm. Another difference; Southern Dancers bow at the waist and turn from side to side during the honor beats, while Northern Dancers raise their fans.

Women’s Traditional southern dancers wear buckskin or cloth dresses with matching leggings, purses, beaded moccasins, and necklaces or bone breastplates. Feathers and beadwork are worn in the hair. A folded shawl over the left arm completes the regalia, as the long fringes sway in harmony with their steps to the beat of the drum.

Both Northern and Southern Traditional styles wear regalia with a traditional concentration, integrating pieces that traditional Native women wore and used in daily work, such as awl cases and knife pouches.

The Jingle Dress Dance originated with the Ojibwa nation. It’s a medicine dance that has regained popularity and is now a common category at most Pow Wows. The dress is covered with tin cones made from snuff tin covers. The Contemporary Jingle Dress is decorated with ribbon, appliqué, and beadwork with matching leggings, moccasins, purse, and hair ornaments. Feathers and plumes are worn and a fan is carried and raised during the honor beats of the song. The Traditional Jingle Dress is primarily black and has 365 cones representing each day of the year.

Traditional Jingle dancers do not wear plumes and don’t carry a fan. They raise their hands on the honor beats in order to receive healing. Dancers are expected to stop precisely when the music does with both feet on the ground.

The Fancy Shawl Dance is not a traditional women’s dance style. It is a relatively new addition to the dance competition created in the early 50’s and 60’s. Fancy Shawl Dance regalia consists of a decorative knee-length cloth dress, beaded moccasins with matching leggings, and a fringed shawl draped over the shoulders. Footwork is the chief element of the dance. Fancy Shawl Dancers must follow the changing beat of the drum and stop when the song ends with both feet on the ground.

The Tiny Tots dance includes young children, ages 5 and under, who are just learning to dance. All children are encouraged to learn to dance and begin competing as soon as they are able to walk. The inclusion of youngsters in the Pow Wow dances ensures that the next generation carries on the Pow Wow tradition – and work to become the champion Pow Wow dancers of tomorrow!

The New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Powwow

Men’s Traditional Dance. This is one of the oldest dances, and has many different patterns and styles, which represent the man’s native family and individuality. Often, items of the Traditional Dancer’s clothing or items he dances with have great significance or are heirlooms passed down through the generations. Traditional dancers may wear a circular bustle of Eagle feathers, representing the circle of life.

Men’s Grass Dance. A traditional dance that was done for many years on the
prairies, the Grass Dance was done to make a circle before the Creator and clear the way for the other dancers. Grass Dancers originally wore outfits made from grass. They would begin to dance, making a circle in the tall grass by gracefully pressing the grass down. Their movements resembled the swaying of the prairie grasses. Today, many Grass Dance outfits are made from yarn and ribbons and many dancers carry a braid of sweetgrass.

Men’s Fancy Dance. The flashiest and most athletic of Men’s dances, the Men’s
Fancy Dance is a modern interpretation of the older Traditional and Grass Dances. This dance style is characterized by bright, colorful beadwork, brilliant hued double feather bustles and knee bells for keeping time. Dancers use intricate, rapid footwork and quick spins.

Women’s Traditional Dance. This dance is in honor of the woman’s role as giver of life and keeper of the home, family, and culture. Women’s traditional dance styles reflect women’s close connection to Mother Earth by never allowing their feet to completely leave the ground. Northern traditional dancers usually dance in one place; Southern traditional dancers usually dance clockwise around the dance arena.

Women’s Jingle Dress Dance. Originating from the Ojibwe people of the
Great Lakes area, this dance spread rapidly through the Northern Plains. The dance is said to have originated as a healing dance that was given in a dream to the parents of a young lady who was sick and subsequently recovered after performing the dance as prescribed. The jingles on the dresses are made from tobacco can lids, and make a pleasing sound as the dancer moves. Tobacco is sacred, and the jingle dance asks for good health for the people. It is said that there is good medicine when a jingle dancer is present.

Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance. This modern style dance features elaborate footwork and athletic movement similar to that of the Men’s Fancy Dance, but with more movement, especially spinning. The women wear decorated fringed shawls and brightly colored matching beadwork. This dance is sometimes called the Butterfly Dance because the women open and close their shawls like butterfly wings.

Intertribal Songs. Intertribal songs can be very old or very contemporary. During
Intertribal Dances, all dancers, including visitors, may dance. Intertribals allow all nations, styles, ages and genders to dance, and are the most common songs at a traditional intertribal powwow such as the New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow.

Honor Songs. Usually sung in honor of a particular person, honor songs are also sung for groups or sacred items. When an honor song is sung, it is respectful to stand and remove your hat.

Round Dance. The Round Dance is a social dance in which all dancers and visitors can participate. Dancers move clockwise in a circle around the drum, in a step-up fashion, with faster moving lines in the center, and slower moving lines on the outside. The Round Dance represents unity.

Two-Step. The Two-Step is a social dance with male and female dancers dancing as partners. Visitors may also be invited to join. Led by the head dancers, couples follow. This is the only dance in which men and women dance together as partners.

Crow-Hop. The Crow-Hop is danced by both men and women and is said to have originated in the Crow Nation. This dance has a very distinctive musical beat and is unlike any of the other songs.

Smoke Dance. The Smoke Dance is a longhouse dance of the Haudenosaunee people, which has become very popular as an exhibition dance at powwows because of its intricate footwork and intense speed. Both men and women dance the contemporary exhibition Smoke Dance.

Hoop Dance. The Hoop Dance is an exhibition dance performed by a single dancer with a stack of up to 30 hoops. As the dancer dances, he uses the hoops to create the images of various shapes, animals, and stories in time with the drum.

Snake Dance. One of the oldest dances, the Snake Dance imitates the journey of a snake. Led by the Head Man Dancer, the dancers follow each other in a single line, winding in and out in a snake-like manner.

Blanket Dance. Named for purpose rather than a specific dance style, a Blanket
Dance is an opportunity for those present to make a donation as a blanket or shawl is carried around the perimeter of the dance arena. The purpose is announced prior to the singing of the song for this dance, and visitors may contribute voluntarily and in whatever amount they deem appropriate.

Dance, dance for yourself: 5 types of dance and their benefits for the body and mind


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If you are looking for a way to tone your body and mind, then dancing is the best solution. Pink talks about the benefits of dance classes through the lens of mental and physical health.

Dancing is a comfortable form of physical activity that requires work with your own weight and balance. Regular classes in any kind of dance help to normalize weight and strengthen the muscular frame.

Before each class, regardless of the chosen style, it is always necessary to warm up the body - a stage of easy and effective cardio. Only then can you begin to study dance movements and elements. At the end of any class, a moderate stretch is always performed. On average, one dance class burns from 200 to 1000 kilocalories, depending on the chosen style and individual training. Within a month after regular training, you can notice lightness and smoothness in movements, body tone, improvement in body endurance and posture.

In addition, dancing is an opportunity to relieve stress and stock up on resources to resist depression. During classes, a strong connection with your own body is established. Due to self-expression through movements to music, energy is unlocked, liberated from physical and psychological clamps. At the same time, dances always take place in rooms with mirrors, which also helps to build contact with our body, because during the day we rarely see ourselves from the outside. All this allows you to truly feel your body, accept it and be with it in one moment. And of course, any dance is an additional self-confidence.

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A direction that combines modern and postmodern dance techniques, as well as yoga, oriental body practices and martial arts. Contempo allows you to reassemble and feel your body - a mixture of Western and Eastern traditions requires balance, proper breathing, feeling all the muscles. During training, emphasis is placed on the work of the joints, building posture, establishing connections between the center of the body and the limbs. All this is called the process of body awareness, which allows you to coordinate both body and mind.

This direction requires the involvement of all muscle groups and coordination. Therefore, the effectiveness of tango can be compared with aerobics or fitness. Also, this dance is considered one of the most social - tango cannot be danced alone. During classes, you need to feel a partner and trust him. This helps to solve problems with increased control and inability to relax. By the way, scientists from the Montreal Neurological Institute found that tango helps with Parkinson's disease.

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One of the most popular dances of recent years, which most of the famous trainers learned on their own from the clips of their favorite performers. Smooth and rhythmic movements of the pelvis allow you to pump up not only the buttocks and lower back, but also all muscle groups of the legs. Also, twerking is a great direction for pumping intimate muscles, which are responsible for the colorful orgasms that help us feel better.

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This dance style was very popular during the heyday of nightlife in the 2000s. Now pole dance is a dance that allows you to literally replace the gym and stretching. During classes, all muscle groups work - from the arms, which need to hold your body on the pole, to the legs, the smoothness and strength of which is required for easy sliding along the pole. Yes, this dance requires serious physical training and success can be expected for several months, but each new skill builds self-confidence.

This dance is again becoming one of the most relevant. A huge number of men and women around the world dream of learning how to dance like Madonna in a Vogue video - hence so many video tutorials on YouTube and Instagram. The main emphasis of this dance style is active work with hands. Therefore, it is required to develop the flexibility of the arms and hands on a daily basis, which, by the way, has a positive effect on the functioning of the lymphatic system. Also, vogue is the type of dance that is more built on self-expression and a personal sense of music. All this develops a strong contact with the body and a phenomenal fluidity of movement.

Why dream 😴 Dance in a dream - according to 90 dream books! If you see a Dance in a dream, what does it mean?

Below you can find out for free the interpretation of the “Dance” symbol from 23 online dream books. If you did not find the desired interpretation on this page, use the search form in all the dream books of our site. You can also order a personal interpretation of sleep by an expert.

ABC of dream interpretation

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Dance - symbolizes the prelude of love, social or sexual activity.

Ballet dance - indicates a romantic relationship, a creative upsurge.

Dancing with someone - find support in someone or something.

Dancing alone - fun, pleasure, success.

Watching the dancers - quick changes.

American dream book

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Dance - sexual aspirations and the integrity of the soul.

English dream book

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Dance is a very good dream. It means that well-deserved glory and honor will come to you, all your dreams will come true. Good luck will accompany you in love: you will win the heart of a loved one.

Idiomatic dream book

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“You will dance with me!” - threat: to violence, organized trouble; "dance with fate" - a period of life depending on the nature of the dance and its performance; “spin with someone in a dance” - association: “turn someone’s head”; "dancing until you drop" - frenzied activity.

The newest dream book

In a dream, why is the Dance dreaming?

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Quick dance - part with your sexual partner.

Psychoanalytic dream book

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Dancing is a creation of love. Courtship. Desire to win, substitution of sexual need. The unification of space and time, the act of creation and creation

Family dream book

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Cheerful dancing children in your dream portend a happy family life, simple work and interesting leisure.

A dream about dancing old men predicts brilliant business prospects.

If you yourself danced in a dream - the long-awaited luck is already at the doorstep.

Modern dream book

Find out what it means if you dream of a Dance?

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For family people, seeing dancing cheerful children in a dream is a prediction that they will be pleased with cute, obedient, smart children, and their house will be warm and comfortable. For young people, such a dream promises a carefree life and a lot of joy.

If you dream that elderly people are spinning in a dance, your business will go uphill.

Dancing in a dream yourself is a harbinger of unexpected good luck.

Dream Interpretation 2012

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Dance is a reflection of joy in general. The need for joy (also the ability or desire to rejoice).

Dream Interpretation of the XXI century

What did the Dance dream about in a dream?

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To dance in a dream means that flexibility will help you in business, to waltz - to live in the moment, momentary experiences.

Dancing a slow dance with someone in a dream is a sign that you will enter into a difficult relationship with this person, dancing a fast dance - to the upcoming chores.

If a woman dreams that her partner is turning her around, this means that she is in danger of suffering because of her forgetfulness or distraction.

Dancing in a dream for a girl or a guy means joy, and for a man - ruin.

Dream Interpretation Denise Lynn

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Dance - the interpretation of this sign depends on the type of dance.

What kind of dance is this, free or classical? - perhaps this is a symbol of spontaneous movements or the slow current of life.

If it is a highly structured dance, such as ballet, take care to keep the necessary form and structure as you move quickly through life.

The dance can also express ultimate joy as the dance of life. It is believed that the dance contains sexual sensuality.

Dream book for a bitch

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Dancing is fun, pleasure.

Dancing yourself - good luck, a good position in the service.

To see people dancing - promising things, simple earthly joys.

Dancing children - successful and happy marriage, wonderful children, profitable work.

David Loff's Dream Book

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Dancing gives a person a powerful psychological and spiritual release. In many primitive cultures, dance is considered sacred and, at the same time, is considered a good way to relax and unwind. For more than thirty centuries, ritual dances in front of religious idols have been considered a symbol of praise and reverence for the divine principle. As a rule, such dances were performed in order to win over the gods and receive their blessing. In today's culture, dancing is more of a form of entertainment and is perceived by us as a distant echo of the ritual of flirting between the sexes. By dancing, in a peculiar way, we express our hope for a happy relationship in the future. In this regard, for many dances acquire a sexual connotation.

Are you dancing alone in your sleep? - this may indicate that dancing has a deeper meaning for you. From some people you can hear the expression “I dance as best I can”, used in a figurative sense and demonstrating the speaker’s attitude to the world around him, and here options are possible when you just dance alone or perform a solo dance in front of an audience.

If you dance with partners - this may indicate that you feel uncomfortable in society, it is important to consider what kind of dance you are dancing and how you are dressed.

Do you "fit in" with the atmosphere of the dance? - another possible interpretation of the dance with partners is a reflection of the diversity of your acquaintances and connections. This is especially true when you are considering a romantic relationship with one of your dance partners.

Others are dancing for you - this reflects your attitude towards these people, especially if the dance contains elements of flirting and overtly sexual overtones. One of two things: either you feel passion for this person, or vice versa. Such dreams can amaze the sleeper with their frankness and openness.

If you are dancing by yourself, determine if the dance moves look natural when you are alone, or are you waltzing as if your partner is spinning with you? Perhaps you feel that others do not recognize your authority or do not fulfill their obligations in their relationship with you.

If dance and music are not compatible, or if you are dancing without music, you may be questioning the correctness of some aspects of your life or relationships. When others dance for you, figure out: is the dance sexy, or is it more like a performance, is it ceremonial? Why?

Dream Interpretation of Kopalinsky

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Dancing yourself is fun; to see someone else's dance is an evil divination.

Dream interpretation of love relationships

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In dancing, a person reaches a state close to ecstasy. The Indian god Shiva is depicted dancing, witches and fairies whirl in the dance. In a dream, a person through dance conveys the fullness of vital energy, feelings, erotic fantasies and love frenzy.

In ancient cults, dance played a very important role - a joint rapid movement caused a feeling that the whole body was filled with vitality, and the more acute such spiritual states, the stronger the feeling that an endless stream of energy was flowing from the entire surrounding world.

Miller's dream book

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Dancing a jig in a dream portends fun and a lot of pleasure in the near future.

To see your beloved dancing a jig in a dream portends very encouraging circumstances to your work partner.

To see ballerinas dancing a jig on the stage means that you are in for entertainment that is not distinguished by high taste.

Chinese dream book

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If you see people singing and dancing, there will soon be a squabble.

Dream Interpretation of a Modern Woman

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Dancing in a dream is a sign of long-awaited good luck.

If you dream of dancing elderly people, you will have bright business prospects.

To see cheerful dancing children in a dream - to a happy marriage, to the emergence of a loving friendly family.

For young people, dancing in a dream portends simple work and interesting entertainment.

Dream Interpretation of Fedorovskaya

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Dancing in a dream - to illness.

In a dream you saw one of your relatives or acquaintances dancing - the disease threatens one of your loved ones.

If you dreamed that you were invited to a dance - beware of visits, you can get very sick.

If you dreamed that you were invited (you invited someone) to a white dance - soon your beloved (lover) will fall ill.

Freud's dream book

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Dance is a symbol of sexual intercourse. In such dreams, the setting and characters are important.

A beautiful dance that gives pleasure to you and your partner - symbolizes good sexual tone and harmonious sex.

If you have lost the rhythm of the dance - you have problems in the field of sex, you rarely get full pleasure or satisfaction from sexual intercourse.

If you lead your partner in the dance - and in sexual relations you usually take the initiative and also show ingenuity.

Passivity in dancing, a tendency to be led - speaks of your addiction to sex with elements of masochism, and if you resist, then this indicates your desire to change your life.

Group dance, like lambada or letka-enki, symbolizes your desire to have group sex.

If you dance alone, not paying attention to partners, you are satisfied with self-satisfaction.

Ukrainian dream book

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To dance, have fun - cry.

Dance - quarrel; dance in a dream - evil, failure.

Universal dream book

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Worse than standing at the wall and waiting for someone to invite you to dance can only be an invitation to dance and getting rejected! Do you stand "nailed" to the wall for fear of rejection?

Are you at a dance party in your dream? Is it an old-fashioned dance party where couples dance the foxtrot or the waltz? Or is it more like a dance party, fast and fiery?

If in a dream a dance involves a couple, the dream speaks of your desire to find a like-minded person at work or a partner in love.

If in a dream you prefer to dance alone, this symbolizes your personal freedom.

If you dance with a partner, do you move in harmony? Or clumsy and embarrassed, which means you shouldn't be paired with this person?

Are you dancing in your sleep? If you sit and watch, then you feel that people are enjoying life, but you are not. How do you feel about what you are doing?

If you are dancing in a dream, it means that a period of liberation and joy has come in your life. You may be enjoying recent success. You do not feel the floor under your feet and are completely free?

Dancing is a great way to break the ice in a relationship. Also, dance can bring a person closer in essence to a stranger. Perhaps such a dream suggests that in real life you subconsciously want to experience new experiences, go beyond the boundaries of the familiar.

Online dream book

Meaning of sleep: Dance according to the dream book?

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Your dance, according to the dream book, warns that success is possible only if you agree to compromises.

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