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Dance Vocabulary

The rotation of the hips achieved by the alternate bending and straightening of the knees.
A category of social dance that includes: rhythm two-step, progressive two-step, night-club two-step, and polka.
Positioning and movement of the arms, reflecting the character of a dance or style of dancing.
In the Latin dances, when step is taken first with the ball of the foot in contact with the floor, and then with the whole foot flat.
The position of the head, arms, top line of the body, and core while in dance position.
The foot which bears the majority of the body weight.
Effective communication of the leader, through the use of body movements, and through one or more connections with the follower
A standardized step pattern which, together with other patterns, constitute the basis of a dance.
The lower half of the body, including the feet, legs and hips.
The area of physical contact between the leader and the follower's body when in dance position: closed, Promenade, or Outside Partner position.
The technique of using the correct part of the foot in contact with the floor at a specific point in time. Examples: Ball, Heel, Inside Edge of Whole Foot.
A step which is taken with the heel in contact with the floor first.
A means of communication between partners, either through point of contact, or visually.
A pattern consisting of six steps, which when taken in its entirety, form the shape of a box.
A group of consecutive dance patterns and choreography.
Refers to the normal "hold" or dance position, where the leader and follower stand with each other ready to dance
A category of dancing that includes: waltz, tango, foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz
A category of dance that includes: Jive, East Coast, West Coast, and Lindy-Hop
A category of social dance that includes: Bachata, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rumba, and Mambo
Effective communication of feeling, character, and emotion felt by the dancer through facial expressions, and gestures.
The foot that does not have the majority of body weight, being free enough to move.
A "chain" of turns which are continuous and directional in nature
A type of triple step where the feet stay anchored in one place.
Correctly responding to the movements and signals given by the leader, through one or more connections.
Elevation of the body achieved by rising up on the balls of feet and straightening the knees.