Irish Dance Terms .v1

Term of the week is our attempt to label those Irish Dance things we know, but which don’t have a ‘real name’. The first one came out of my mouth tonight on the way home from dance practice, and I thought to myself, oh, I gotta start writing these nuggets down, so here goes.


verb ˈhan(t)s, ˈhän(t)s
1 : to use only ones hands to practice all the steps in an Irish Dance routine.


intransitive verb
1 : to engage in or perform Irish Dance steps with only the hands. This can be done in a seated or standing position

examples of hance

  • Before each competition, Shannon will hance all her steps.
  • Rachel gets this far away look on her face when she is hancing.

origin of hance

  • Ohio English
  • First known usage: 21st century

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