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Here, you can find a specific figure and jump directly to the section of the page that contains that description. For instance, if you want a description of the Aida, find the figure in the alphabetical list and click on the rhythm name in which you are interested (the Aida is a standard figure in Bolero, Cha, Mambo, and Rumba).

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Figures, Actions, Rhythms …

Rhythms In Which Each Figure Is Described

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An Article or Photo Essay, a few Music & Video Clips

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RAL Phase Rating 

(Any figure that is only slightly altered from a standard, phased figure usually carries the same phase rating as that standard figure, even if the exact name is not listed in the RAL manual.)
Abbreviations Of Dance Terms
Glossary
Acknowledge
Glossary
Across
Glossary
Action
Glossary
Adjust
Glossary
Advanced Alemana Cha, Rumba
VI
Advance Corte American Tango, Argentine Tango, Tango
IV
Advanced Hip Twist Cha, Rumba Let's Learn to Twist by Finch
Rumba Tips by Eum
Is A Hip Twist Just A Fancy Half Basic? by Sears
Hip Twist Figures by Sears
VI
Advanced Hockey Stick Rumba

Advanced Rounds
Phase Rating System by Sears
A Trend In Round Dancing by Hamilton
V, VI
Advanced Shadow Grapevine
Foxtrot

Advanced Sliding Door Cha, Rumba
VI
Aerial Ronde
Glossary
Aerial Telespin

Unphased Figures by Stier

Ah (a)
Glossary
And Uh? by German (PDF)

Aida Bolero, Cha, Mambo, Rumba Photo Essay
Mini-Picture Figures by Sears
IV
Aida Line Position
Dance Position List by Sears
Photo Essay

Aida With Continuous Locks Cha

Alemana Cha, Rumba Photo Essay
Rumba Tips by Eum
An Alemana Is Not A Twirl by Sears
Lead With Lead Hands Low by Sears
To Close Or Not To Close, That Is the Question! by German (PDF)
Under She Goes by Germa (PDF)
IV
Alemana From A Fan Cha, Rumba Photo Essay IV
Alemana Surprise Check Rumba Photo Essay
Alemana Turn
Photo Essay
Alignment

Glossary
Alternating Underarm Turn West Coast Swing
V
Alternative Basic Cha, Rumba, Samba, Slow Two Step

Amalgamation

Glossary
American Back Spin
Jive


American Basic Argentine Tango

American Spin Jive More Jive Tips by Eum IV
American Style

The Two Major Schools of Dance -- International and American Rhythm Styles by Carlson
American Tango Rhythm
American Tango by Sears

Anchor West Coast Swing WCS -- Two-Count Figures by Sears
WCS -- To Anchor or to Coaster by Cantrell (PDF)
IV
And (&)
Glossary
And Uh? by German (PDF)

And I Love You So
Jive, West Coast Swing

Apart
Glossary
Apart And Together
Glossary I
Appel Paso Doble One Figure, Paso Doble Appel by Sears IV
Arch Turn
Hustle


Argentine Basic Argentine Tango
IV
Argentine Tango Rhythm
What Is It About the Argentine Tango by Finch
Argentine Tango and the Flirtatious Ocho by Sears

Argentine Walks Argentine Tango

Arm Check Mambo
V
Arm Slide Merengue
III
Arm To Arm
Slow Two Step


Armwork
Arms -- I Can't Do A Thing With Them by Finch
Arm Work by Eum
Arm Styling Tips by Cantrell (PDF)
Using Your Hands by Rotscheid
Wrist, Palm, and Finger Styling by Cantrell (PDF)
A Few Notes On American Smooth Waltz by Finch
Differences Between Men and Women by Woodruff

Around The World
Glossary
Photo Essay

Astaire, Fred
Photo Album
Attack Paso Doble
IV
Attitude Line
Dance Position List by Sears
Away
Glossary
Away Step Step Two Step

Back One Step, Two Step, Waltz Glossary I — top of pg
Back Back/Lock Back Waltz One Figure, Back Back/Lock Back by Sears III
Back Basic American Tango, ChaMambo, Rumba, Salsa
III
Back Box Waltz
I
Back Break Merengue

Back Chasse
Cha
Alternate Chasses in Cha Cha by Moore
Back Chasse Pivot Waltz

Back Closed Change
Viennese Waltz


Back Corte Argentine Tango, Tango One Figure, Tango Back Corte by Sears
V
Back Curved Feather
Foxtrot
Feathers by Sears
Back Curving Three Step Foxtrot
V
Back Feather Foxtrot Feathers by Sears
What About Feathers? by Stier
Tim Eum Tips
IV
Back Feather 4
Foxtrot


Back Fishtail
Quickstep
Unclassified Quickstep Figures II by Stier

Back Half Box
Foxtrot

III
Back Hitch Chasse
Cha
Alternate Chasses in Cha Cha by Moore
Back Hover Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz
III
Back Hover Telemark Foxtrot, Waltz
IV
Back Left Feather Foxtrot Feathers by Sears
What About Feathers? by Stier
Tim Eum Tips

Back Lock Two Step
II
Back Lock Back Two Step
II
Back Ocho Argentine Tango

Back Open Promenade Tango Tango Helps & Figures by Rotscheid
V
Back Passing Change Waltz, Viennese Waltz The Feather Figures II by Stier
Some Waltz Figures by Eum
IV
Back Poise Chair Waltz

Back Tango Close Argentine Tango

Back Tango Draw Argentine Tango

Back Three Step Foxtrot
IV
Back Tipple Chasse Foxtrot, Waltz
V
Back To Back Two Step Dance Position List by Sears
Turning Away From Partner and Coming Back by Eum
II
Back To Back Position
Photo Essay
Back Traveling Bota Fogos Samba

Back Traveling Cross Chasses Slow Two Step

Back Turning Whisk Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz
V
Back Twinkle Tango, Waltz
II, V
Back Two Step Two Step
I
Back Walk Cha Ginger's Theme -- Walking Backwards and In High Heels Too by German (PDF)
Back Walk 4 Cha

Back Waltz Waltz
II
Back Whip
West Coast Swing

Back Whisk Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz All About Whisks
Phase IV Figures by Stier
IV
Backing Basic Argentine Tango

Balance One Step, Two Step, Waltz Some Waltz Figures by Eum I
Balance And Good Posture
Balance & Good Posture by Sears
Posture and Balance by West
Balance While Rotating by Cantrell (PDF)
Oh My Aching Head by German (PDF)
Dancing Posture by Lamberty

Balance Away And Together
Two Step Turning Away From Partner and Coming Back by Eum I
Balance Forward And Back Two Step, Waltz
I
Balance Left And Right Two Step, Waltz Tim Eum Tips I
Balance Together Two Step
II
Balance Together And Away
Two Step

Ball Change

Glossary
Ball Of Foot
Glossary
Ballerina Wheel Cha, Rumba Wheel Around by Sears VI
Banderillas Paso Doble Paso Doble: Continued by Nobel
V
Banjo Position
Dance Position List by Sears
Dance Position and Connection
It's More Than Banjo by Finch
Is It Really Banjo, or CBM and CBMP? by Blackford
Photo Essay
Blend to Banjo by Sears

Bar
Glossary
Barefootin'
One Step


Barrel Roll
Hustle


Barrida Argentine Tango

Basket Whip
West Coast Swing


Basic American Tango, Argentine Tango, Bolero, Cha, Hustle, Lindy, Mambo, Merengue, Paso Doble, Polka, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Slow Two Step, Tango The Dynamic Duo [in Cha] by German (PDF)
Tim Eum Cha Cha and Mambo Tips
To Close Or Not To Close [in Rumba], That Is the Question! by German (PDF)
Rumba Tips by Eum
Toilet Paper Tricks [in Rumba] by German (PDF)
Tim Eum Samba Tip
Tim Eum Slow Two Step Tips
Slow Two Step Is Smooth & Flowing by Sears
A Few Notes on Slow Two Step by Finch
III, IV
Basic Ending Slow Two Step
III
Basic Rock Jive, Single Swing Tim Eum Jive Tips III
Basket Whip
West Coast Swing

Basketball Turn One Step, Polka, Two Step
II
Beat
Glossary
Behind Two Step, Waltz Glossary I
Bicicleta Argentine Tango

Big Top Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Finding Solutions for Common Problem Figures in Smooth Dancing by Finch
Phase VI Figures by Stier
Phase VI Figures by Eum
VI
Big Wheel
Two Step

Blend
Glossary
Blow A Kiss

Glossary
Body Investigate
Photo Essay
Body Lines

Matching Body Lines by Sears
Body Mechanics
Need A Reminder? General Rules for Dancing by Finch
see essays by Stier, parts I - V

Body Ripple
Glossary VI
Body Rotation
Flight the Sequence by Sears
Body Roll
Glossary
Tipples, Ripples, & Body Rolls by Sears
V
Body Shape

Do You Shape? by Finch

Body Swing

Finding Solutions for Common Problem Figures in Smooth Dancing by Finch
Boleo Argentine Tango

Bolero Banjo

Glossary
Bolero Position
Dance Position by Sears
Bolero Rhythm
Bolero — "The Other Rumba" by DeChenne
Bolero -- Rumba with a BIG Difference! by Nelson
Bolero -- The Cuban "Dance Of Love" by Chadd
Teaching Bolero Styling by Woodruff
Bolero -- Beyond the Basics by Nelson
Music Clip

Bolero Sidecar

Glossary
Bolero Walks Bolero
III
Bombshell
Waltz
Finding Solutions by Finch

Boogie Chasse Lindy

Boogie Walk Jive Shall We Take A Walk? by Sears

Borrowing From A Beat
Where Should We Put the Slow? by Sears
Don't Be Fooled By SQQ by Finch
Musicality: Using the Motivation of the Music by Finch
Inching Along -- The Timing Of A Step by German (PDF)
Round Dancing Is a Partnership by Sears
Playing With Waltz Timing -- Spin and Twist by Sears

Bota Fogo Samba
V
Bota Whisks
Samba


Bounce
Glossary
Foxtrot Bounce by Sears
Samba by McGee

Bounce Reverse Fallaway Foxtrot Foxtrot Bounce
Bounce Reverse Fallaway and Slip Foxtrot Foxtrot Bounce by Sears
Bow
Glossary
Photo Essay
I
Box Cha, Five Count, Foxtrot, Samba, Two Step, Waltz Behold, the Box! by Stier
Standard Figures from I to VI by Eum
Differences Between Latin and Modern Rhythms by Anderson
I - IV
Box Finish Foxtrot, Waltz
III
Box Left Turning Waltz
II
Box Right Turning Waltz
II
Box the Crab Cha

Break Cha, Mambo, Rumba Glossary III
Break Back To Triple Cha Cha
IV
Breakaway Two Step, Hustle Tim Eum Two Step Tips II
Bridge

Glossary
Broken Box Five Count, Two Step
II
Broken Chair Foxtrot

Broken Sway
Glossary IV
Brush
Glossary II
Brush Tap Tango Tango Helps & Figures by Rotsheid
V
Bump
Glossary I
Bunny Run Quickstep Animal Figures by Sears
Butterfly Banjo Position
Dance Position by Sears
Butterfly Position
Dance Position List by Sears
Photo Essay

Butterfly Sidecar Position
Dance Position by Sears
Buzz
Glossary III


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