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Cabaret
A special single-dance division of Dancesoprt in which couples dance an exhibition-style piece to their own selection of music. The dance may incorporate lifts and/or drops, and is not limited to the pre-defined dance styles such as Smooth or Latin.

Cadence
A definitive ending to a musical phrase.

Calypso
The music of the typical ballads in England sung by the natives of Trinidad. There was no real dance but because of the extreme popularity of the music, in 1956, possibly due to the singer Harry Bellafonte, many steps were created. Most of them resemble the Cuban Bolero or the Martinique Beguine or even Swing.

Cambre
In ballet, a bend from the waist to the side or to the back.

Carriage
The position of the arms and top line while in dance position.

Choreography 
The creation of movement which makes up a dance or dance routine.

Connection
It has a means of communication between dancers in the couple. Physical and visual types of connection are distinguished. Sometimes referred to as resistance or tone, it involves slightly tensing the upper-body muscles, often in the context of a frame, thus enabling leader to communicate intentions to follower.

Contra body movement
It refers to a rotation of the body towards the moving foot.

Contraction
A basic movement in the technique of Martha Graham, based on breath inhalation and exhalation.

Contredanse
Popular social dance during the eighteenth century; done in rows or circles, it may have derived from English country dancing.

Corps de Ballet
A corps de ballet is the group of dancers that belong to a specific ballet company, that dance together as a group.

Closed turn
A turn consisting of 3 steps, where the feet are closed on the second or third step.

Coaster step
A triple step in which the first step is taken in the opposite direction of the third, and the feet close on the second step.

Collect
To complete the changing of weight to the standing foot by drawing the moving foot underneath the body.

Clip
To strike the heel against the opposite toe, or to strike the toe against the opposite heel.

Cue
A signal to execute a dance figure.