Is it natural to ask

Can you do any dances?

meaning can you dance any dances like the walts, the tango etc. If so, can I use the verb do instead of dance. For example:

Let's do waltz at the wedding.

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It isn't particularly idiomatic. People do sometimes say "he did a dance", but "do/did" is a bit odd because "dance" is itself a verb, although it can also be a noun when referring to a specific type of dance.

If you wanted to know if someone can dance in general, it would be more natural to ask:

Can you dance?

Or, if referring to a specific dance or dances, you could ask:

Do you know any dances?

It would be unusual to ask "can you dance any dances?", but if naming a particular dance it would be idiomatic to ask, for example, "can you dance the Foxtrot?"

  • If I ask "do you know any dances" that would mean can you dance any dances? By the way is the question "can you dance any dances?" Is ok? Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 12:54
  • As I mentioned in my final paragraph, it would be unusual to say "dance a dance", although not incorrect. "Do you know any dances" is how I would idiomatically ask if someone knew how to perform a specific dance. Knowledge alone without the practical ability to perform it would mean they know of a dance.
    – Astralbee
    Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 13:07

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