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A step taken forward or backward.

Walkaround Turn        
(American Style) A turn consisting of three forward walks in one small area, usually completing one full turn over three steps. (Known in International Latin as a Spot Turn).

A ballroom dance in 3/4 time which first developed in Vienna as a fast paced dance to the Strauss music of the time, and eventually evolved into the slower version we now know as Waltz (or Slow Waltz).

Weight connection      
Connection created by both partners leaning their body weight in toward each other, or pulling their body weight away from each other.

Weight change
The full transference of body weight from one foot to the other.

West Coast Swing      
A slotted swing dance in 4/4 time, characterized by its smooth and linear style.

A dance figure common in Swing dances such as East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, which gets its name from "whipping" action of the lady around the man.

A figure or pattern involving the crossing of one foot behind the other.