Terpsichore, Muse of Music and Dance, an oil on canvas painting by Jean-Marc Nattier (1739).
In Greek mythology, Terpsichore (/tərpˈsɪkəriː/; Τερψιχόρη) "delight in dancing" was one of the nine Muses, ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus. She lends her name to the word "terpsichorean" which means "of or relating to dance". She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre, accompanying the dancers' choirs with her music. Her name comes from the Greek words τέρπω ("delight") and χoρός ("dance").
In the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers feature film Swing Time (1936), Lucky (Astaire), when asked by Mr. Gordon, why he wishes to learn to dance, answers: "To flirt with terpsichory". He then proceeds to take a dance lesson with Penny (Rogers), culminating in one of the greatest paired tap routines ever committed to film.
The Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn song "Come Dance with Me" (popularized by Frank Sinatra) includes the lyric "what an evening for some Terpsichore." However it is sung as a three-syllable word with the "chore" component pronounced like "core" (to rhyme with "for") rather than "curry".
Terpsichore is a technique used by the royal guard Neferpitou to "dance past one's limits" in the mangaHunter × Hunter.
On the album Istoria ~Musa~, J-Pop and World singer Shikata Akiko sings "Terpsichora," a dedication song to the goddess.
Terpsichore is also the name of a street in New Orleans' historic neighborhoods of Faubourg Lafayette and the Lower Garden District. It runs alongside Euterpe and Melpomene streets, also named for Greek muses.
Terpsichorean is also the name of the Choreography Society of Hansraj College, University of Delhi, India.
Terpischore "Choral Dance" is the name of a chapter in Theresa Cha's Dictee.