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Dance Position

The position of the man and lady in relationship to each other.


The official name given to the sport of competitive Ballroom Dancing.


(Dev-Lo-Pay) An action whereby the free foot is drawn up to the knee of the supporting leg, and then extended (or "developed") until the leg is completely straight.

See also: [ Envelopé ]

Diagonal Movement

Movement which is simoultneously lateral (sideways) and progressive (forward/back).

Directing a Turn 

Moving the body toward a specific direction while turning.

Directional Movement

Movement toward a specific direction (as opposed to rotational movement). Three types of directional movement are Lateral, Progressive, and Diagonal.


(1) Refers to the very beginning of each beat. If a measure is counted 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &... then the numbers 1,2,3, and 4 are considered to be the downbeats, while the "ands" are the Upbeats.

(2) Refers to the strongest beats in each measure. In 4/4 music the downbeats are the 1 and the 3. (The upbeats are 2 and 4).


A type of movement in which the lady's body weight becomes partially or completely supported by the man, while at least one part of her body remains in contact with the floor.


Changes in the various qualities of dancing, such as speed, height, mood, and intensity.


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