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.
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