15+ Most Common Slang Words About Dancing and What it means

15+ Most Common Slang Words For Dancing and What it Means

Dancing is a form of rhythmic movement performed by individuals or groups in response to music or other stimuli. It is often considered a performing art, as it can be done for entertainment or artistic expression. Dancing can take many different forms, from formal ballroom styles like the waltz and tango, to cultural dances such as salsa, belly dancing, and hula. It can be performed solo or in pairs, and can be choreographed or improvised. Dancing can also have physical and mental health benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, coordination, and stress relief. Additionally, it can be a social activity, providing opportunities to connect with others and form new relationships. Dancing has been a part of human culture for centuries and is found in many different parts of the world.

Boogie/ Boogy

Meaning: Boogie comes from the African English term “bogi” which means to beat drums. Boogie became synonymous with music and dancing during the rock and roll period of the 50s.

Example: Despite his weak knees, Grandpa still boogies with Grandma.


Meaning: To breakdance, an urban acrobatic style of dancing.

Example: Do you break? You should because you have the skills.

Bust A Groove

Meaning: This slang phrase means to dance. Popular during the 80s but was revitalized by the Playstation game of the same name. Groove means rhythm.

Example: You better know how to bust a groove to get into the club.

Bust A Move

Meaning: Similar to “bust a groove.”This means showing something a great display of dance skills


Meaning: To dance in a hip hop and up-tempo style.

Example: Lucas was just crunking it to some music before he got scolded.

Cut A Rug

Meaning: To dance in an energetic manner.

Example: Shania Twain could amaze the entire concert by just cutting a rug.


Meaning: A professional slang for one’s dancing 

Example: Nice footwork. You might have the potential for pro ballet.


Meaning: To dance wildly. This slang is commonly associated with disco dancing that has lots of grinding.

Example: Jenny was freaking out on the dance floor. She got really tipsy because she had just passed the bar.

Get Funky

Meaning: To dance wildly, lively, and crazily. Very popular during the 70s and 80s.

Example: On the dance floor, you need to get funky to attract a date.

Get Your Swerve On

Meaning: To move or dance in a unique and fun way. This slang is similar to “busting a groove” and was used around the 40s and 50s.

Example: Get your swerve on! We're partying until the sun is up!

Ghost Ride The Whip

Meaning: A slang phrase during the 2000s. It means to dance while riding or near a moving vehicle.

Example: Some people got injured when they were ghost riding the whip and they crashed.

Jack Palance

Meaning: Based on the American Actor, this Cockney Rhyming slang is used to substitute the word “dance.”

Example: Robert got up and showed us his Jack Palance, which he used to woo her girlfriend.


Meaning: Comes from the “jukebox.” It means to dance in a provocative and daring manner. 

Example: Tracey wanted to juke it at the bar but then her mother came.


Meaning: To dance in a way that involves a lot of jumping.

Example: My knees and soles hurt after all the pogoing yesterday.


Meaning: A party that involves a lot of wild activities, mainly dancing and drinking.

Example: We have this tradition of hosting a rave after the finals to relax and celebrate.

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