The tarantella—that was the dance of the soil here, the dance of the blood.
It wasn't the tarantella only that led him this long wandering.
There is singing with dancing—the "Apache," the "tarantella."
Delarey seemed to him like a tarantella in repose, if such a thing could be.
She dances the tarantella now—by-and-by she will dance to another tune!
He no longer danced the tarantella with the careless abandon of a boy.
It was a tarantella of the wildest description—nay, I should rather say a dance of Satyrs.
Then follow the feast and the balls, at which they will dance the cerca, and the marsiliana, and the tarantella.
He was playing the tune of the tarantella, that tune which Hermione associated with careless joy in the sun.
Sivori played a tarantella; every tone was clearly heard in the great, crowded auditorium.
1782, "peasant dance popular in Italy," originally "hysterical malady characterized by extreme impulse to dance" (1630s), epidemic in Apulia and adjacent parts of southern Italy 15c.-17c., popularly attributed to (or believed to be a cure for) the bite of the tarantula. This is likely folk-etymology, however, and the dance is from Taranto, the name of a city in southern Italy (see tarantula). Used from 1833 to mean the style of music that accompanies this dance, usually in 6/8 time, with whirling triplets and abrupt major-minor modulations.