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3 Idioms About Dance

April 29 is International Dance Day.

To celebrate, we’d like to share with you three fun English idioms about dance.


#1  It takes two to tango

Dance idiom_takes-two-to-tangoThis is said when you want to emphasize that both people involved in a difficult situation must accept the blame, or that an activity needs two people who are willing to take part for it to happen.

She may want to argue, but it takes two to tango and I won't get involved in an argument.


#2  to give it a whirl

Dance idiom_give-it-a-whirlWhen you decide to give an activity a whirl, you do it even though it is something that you have never tried before.

I’ve never done it before, but let’s give it a whirl.   


#3  (to) dance on air

Dance idiom_dance-on-air-200To be extremely happy.

I’m so happy! I've been dancing on air ever since I got engaged!    


Do you want to learn more idioms?  At the ELI at Pace University, we have lots of fun elective courses, including IDIOMS.

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