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(Heel Lead)

(1) The part of the foot directly below the ankle and behind the arch.

(2) Desccribed in the footwork section of the chart, abbreviated "H", or "HF" (for Heel-Flat). A "Heel" step is taken first with the heel in contact with the floor, and then with the whole foot flat. (The "Flat" is usually implied).

Heel-Ball Twist Turn

A type of Twist Turn taken with the weight distributed equally between feet, on the heel of one foot, and the ball of the other. The turn is executed by crossing one foot either in front of or behind the other, and then twisting in the direction of the forward foot. When the turn is complete, the feet will have closed into first position, having turned approximately 3/4 of a full turn.

Heel Pull

A type of Heel Turn where the moving foot is "pulled" back and to the side of the supporting foot, slightly apart. The footwork of the moving foot is as follows: Heel first, then Inside Edge of Foot, then Whole Foot.

Heel Turn

A turn taken with the weight over the heel of the supporting foot. The movement commences with back step (Toe-Heel). The turn begins when the free foot closes to the supporting foot, being held parallel throughout the turn. The weight then transfers to the closing foot at the end of the turn.


An action in which progression is temporarily suspended or checked, the weight being held on the supporting foot for one or more beats.

Hip Motion

The rotation of the hips around the spine.

Hip Twist

An action, such as a swivel or change of weight, accompanied by a pronounced latin-style hip movement.

Hockey Stick

A basic figure used in International Rumba and Cha Cha, taken from Fan Position and involving a Loop Turn for the lady. The figure gets its name from the hockey stick- shape of the path that the lady moves along throughout.


A step taken high on the balls of the feet, for the purpose of changing of direction and/or rotation, and allowing enough time for the moving foot to brush toward (or to) the standing foot.


A fast but smooth-moving dance which originated in the nightclubs of the 1970's disco era, as a modified version of swing. Hustle is noted for its fast and elaborate spins and turns, especially for the lady. It is also very easily adapted to crowded, nightclub dance floors.

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