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A description of the alignment of the body, when it is the same as the feet.

Changing from the usual foot by either skipping or adding a step to the normal step pattern.

Originally a Portuguese song and dance absorbed by Latin America and especially by Brazil as a pattern for the Samba. The steps of the Fado are based on a hop, a skip and a kick in 2/4 time.

A basic figure used in the International Style Rumba and Cha Cha, incorporating the Fan Position.

A lively Spanish dance in triple time performed with castanets or tambourines. The dance begins slowly and tenderly, the rhythm marked by the clack of castanets, snapping of fingers, and stomping of feet. The speed gradually increases to a whirl of exhilaration.

To incline the foot in such a way that it is placed at an angle nearly perpendicular to the leg.

An extension of the lower leg taken in a sharp or staccato manner.

A lowering of the body by bending the knee.

Literally "whipped." A turning step, usually done in a series, in which the working leg whips out to the side in and then into the knee as the dancer turns on the supporting leg, rising onto the point at each revolution.

Fouette en tournant
A spectacular movement in which the dancer propels himself or herself around a supporting leg with rapid circular movements of the other leg while remaining in a fixed spot.

In a wider sense the term footwork describes dance technique aspects related to feet: foot position and foot action.

Formation dance
Formation dance is a choreographed dance of a team of couples, e.g., ballroom formation dance.

Full weight
Full weight or full weight transfer means that at the end of the step the dancer's center of gravity is directly over the support foot. A simple test for a full weight transfer is that you can freely lift the second foot off the floor.