Definition of dance hall in English:

dance hall


  • 1A large public hall or building where people pay to enter and dance.

    • ‘The first floor of the Paramount was the lobby, kitchen and shops, the second floor was the dance hall and banquet hall and the third floor was a hotel.’
    • ‘Nimbin Hall has also served the community as school, hospital, library, cinema, theatre, concert hall and dance hall.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago, most British towns had their own dance hall, where couples could foxtrot, dine or watch cabaret.’
    • ‘It was a lovely building with polished floors and a huge dance hall where we had some wonderful times.’
    • ‘The 70s and 80s saw a change in the entertainment and the dance hall was turned into a nightclub.’
    • ‘The business was an immediate success, with a hotel, a dance hall, a tea house and other companies in the same building as Wing On department store.’
    • ‘A significant London ballroom, the Palais had been attracting groovy urban crowds since its establishment as a dance hall in 1922.’
    • ‘Music and dancing has been the main form of social life in the country with nearly every townland having its own dance hall in the 60's.’
    • ‘In his younger days he enjoyed attending the local dance hall, where he loved to waltz to the old-time music.’
    • ‘Afterwards, we went to the dance hall, where many middle-aged and senior people gathered.’
    • ‘This dance hall has one of the last remaining sprung floors in the US and was built at a time when the Tango was illegal in Portland.’
    • ‘I know long ago, if you have a nice calypso, the whole dance hall would rock to it and fights used to breakout.’
    • ‘The troops used to go to a popular dance hall in Blackburn and it was there that Albert dated about seven girls.’
    • ‘It opened in 1927 as a bar, restaurant and dance hall, and soon became a favourite of famous local residents.’
    • ‘Most of the film shows elderly couples dancing to disco music in an outdoor dance hall.’
    • ‘We get up to the dance hall but it's practically empty, not even a DJ, just a boom box in the corner of the small room playing some faint Latin beats.’
    • ‘The dance hall was all decked out - dimmed lights, strobe lights, colored lights, streamers and glitter.’
    • ‘Her gaze traveled across the dance hall and she spotted a table dressed in pink and white, holding glasses of seemingly white and red wine.’
    • ‘One rural custom involved holding the wedding reception in a commercial dance hall and giving the entrance fees to the newlyweds.’
    • ‘With my purse slung over my shoulder, I followed my mother into the dance hall, and we headed for our table where we had always sat.’
    assembly hall, assembly room, meeting room, large public room, chamber
  • 2

    (also dancehall)
    mass noun An uptempo style of dance music derived from reggae, in which a DJ improvises lyrics over a recorded backing track or to the accompaniment of live musicians.

    • ‘Now pouring all of this emotion into a variety of styles ranging from dancehall, reggae and gospel to jazz and RnB, his debut album is all but finished.’
    • ‘He presents a crucial hour of rocksteady, ska, ragga, dancehall, dub and the best reggae.’
    • ‘He is also the first dancehall / reggae artist to perform during the live broadcast.’
    • ‘His uncle, however, used to import reggae and dancehall singles and distribute them to specialist shops.’
    • ‘Some of the latest dancehall reggae music are sounds are starting to sound more and more like Hip Hop than reggae.’
    • ‘In many ways, dancehall is a reminder of everything hip hop used to be.’


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