Fan Dance Meaning

(idiomatic, by extension) The incremental disclosure of tantalizing bits of information.

Example: 1903. Andrew Lang, "The Magic Kettle" in The Crimson Fairy Book:
  Gracefully he led the fan dance, and glided without a pause into the shadow dance and the umbrella dance.
1996 Feb. 16, Laurel Graeber, "For Children," New York Times (retrieved 28 May 2013):
  [T]he center's Chinese Folk Dance Company plans to perform six pieces, including a fan dance and a sword dance.
1935 April 22, "Canada: Ming-Toy's Revenge," Time:
  Undaunted Ming-Toy did a sinuous, undulating fan dance before the Imperial Daughters of the British Empire, then, at the last moment, showed what she thinks of them by raising her fans and standing starkly revealed in red underdrawers.
2008 Feb. 18, Amanda Fortini, "Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe in "The Last Sitting"," (retrieved 28 May 2013):
  In 1962, photographer Bert Stern shot a series of photos of Marilyn Monroe: . . . Monroe, sleepy-eyed and naked, sips from a Champagne glass, enacts a fan dance of sorts with various diaphanous scarves, romps with erotic playfulness on a bed of white linens.
1994 May 22, Thomas Stinson, "Labor talks: Much ado about nothing," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (retrieved 28 May 2013):
  In what may be the most farcical episode of an 18-month-long fan dance, baseball players and ownership will sit down Monday in Los Angeles to discuss "non-economic issues" regarding the expired collective bargaining agreement.
2006 June 6, Ed Sutherland, "More Bits For Vista Enthusiasts," (retrieved 28 May 2013):
  Microsoft did a fan dance of sorts today, giving the public a glimpse at the upcoming Vista operating system.
2012 January 28, Bruce Arthur, "NHL and Players’ Association on a collision course," National Post (Canada) (retrieved 28 May 2013):
  Bettman, meanwhile, performed his now-traditional fan dance, skating around the revelation of a third group interested in buying the Coyotes.