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Alphabetical Index to Dance Figures, Actions, and Issues — C

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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.)
California Twirl Waltz
top of pg
Camel Walks
Jive, West Coast Swing
Shall We Take A Walk? by Sears
Canter Waltz Glossary
Standard Figures from I to VI by Eum
II
Canter Telemark Viennese Waltz

Canter Twirl Viennese Waltz

Canter Vine Viennese Waltz

Caress
Photo Essay
Castle Walk One Step Shall We Take A Walk? by Sears
Catapult Jive
V
Center of Hall
Glossary
Cha Box Cha

Cha Rhythm
Cha Cha by Blackford
Cha Cha Cha by Easterday
Two Popular Rhythms -- Cha and Foxtrot by Collipi
Cha Cha Cha by Cantrell (PDF)
That Pesky "Other" Cha-Cha Rhythm by Bahr
Music Clip

Châiné Turn
Glossary
Chainé Turns, A New Way To Rotate by Sandi & Dan Finch

Chair Foxtrot, Waltz Glossary
Dance Position List by Sears
One Figure, the Chair by Sears
Standard Figures from I to VI by Eum
Photo Essay
Phase III Smooth Figures by Steir
Squeeze the Trigger by Sears
Some Basics About Picture Figures by Rotscheid
Picture Figures, Fact and Fantasy by Plaisance
III
Chair And Slip Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Just A Slip by German (PDF)
IV
Chair Change Sway Foxtrot

Challenge Chase Cha
V
Challenge Line Foxtrot Glossary
Picture Figures, Fact and Fantasy by Plaisance
VI
Change Feet

Glossary
Change Hands Behind Back Jive, Single Swing
III
Change Of Direction Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Should we dance the figures or dance the dance? by Sears
Phase IV Figures by Stier
Standard Figures from I to VI by Eum
IV
Change Of Sway Waltz Dancing Or Just Standing There by Sears V
Change Of Weight

Glossary
Change Places Left To Right Hustle, Jive, Single Swing Jive Change Places by Sears
Tim Eum Jive Tip
III
Change Places Right To Left Hustle, Jive, Single Swing Jive and Swing Deserve Some Care and Precision, too by Sears
Jive Change Places by Sears
III
Change Point
Glossary III
Change Sides Two Step, Waltz Glossary II
Change Sides Underarm
Slow Two Step


Change Sway
Glossary
Quickstep Figures by Stier

Changing Places
Hustle

Charleston One Step, Two Step
II
Charleston Crosses Quickstep Quickstep Figures by Stier
V
Charleston Kicks Lindy

Charleston Points Quickstep

Chase Cha, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Tango Glossary
One Figure, the Tango Chase by Sears
Tango: Go, Stop by Sears
III, VI
Chase Full Turn
Mambo

Chase Peek A Boo Cha, Rumba
III
Chase Peek A Boo Double Cha, Rumba

Chase With Underarm Pass
Cha, Mambo, Rumba

III
Chasse Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Quickstep, Waltz Glossary
Let's Chasse by Sears
Phase III Smooth Figures by Stier
Cha-Cha-Cha by Sears
Alternate Chasses in Cha Cha by Moore
Tipples, Ripples, & Body Rolls by Sears
Tim Eum Jive Tip
More Jive Tips by Eum
Tim Eum Waltz Tip
Swing and Jive are Different by Sears
III
Chasse Cape Paso Doble Paso Doble: Continued by Nobel VI
Chasse Reverse Turn Quickstep
IV
Chasse Roll Jive, Quickstep Tim Eum Jive Tip V
Chasses Left Paso Doble
IV
Chasses Right Paso Doble
IV
Check Two Step, Waltz Check, Checking, Contra Check by Sears
Anticipate the Check by Sears
Glossary
Photo Essay
II
Check And Weave Foxtrot Phase IV Figures by Stier
Movin' On UP! by Nelson
V
Checked Continuous Hover Cross Foxtrot

Checked Hockey Stick
Rumba


Checked Natural Slip Foxtrot, Waltz
VI
Checked Reverse Slip Foxtrot, Waltz
VI
Checked Right Pass
Bolero
VI
Checking Two Step Check, Checking, Contra Check by Sears
Glossary
Photo Essay

Cheek To Cheek West Coast Swing
V
Cheerleader West Coast Swing WCS Figure Patterns by Sears
Four Problem Figures In West Coast Swing by Moore
VI
Chicken Walks Jive, Lindy Animal Figures by Sears
Shall We Take A Walk? by Sears
More Jive Tips by Eum
IV
Chopper
Jive
VI
Choreographer/ Choreography

Glossary
Chug One Step, Two Step Glossary I
Circle Away Cha, Two Step, Waltz Glossary I
Circle Away And Together Cha, Rumba, Polka, Two Step, Waltz Turning Away From Partner and Coming Back by Eum I, III
Circle Away Two And A Two Step Five-Count, Polka, Two Step

Circle Away Two Triples Polka, Two Step

Circle Box Two Step
II
Circle Chase Two Step
II
Circle Four One Step, Two Step

Circle Pass Hustle

Circle Pickup Two Step
II
Circle Together Cha

Circular Cross Body Cha

Circular Hip Twist Rumba Hip Twist Figures by Sears
Let's Learn to Twist by Finch
VI
Circular Serpiente Rumba

Circular Three Alemanas
Rumba


Circular Three Spirals Bolero

Circular Volta Samba
IV
Classes & Clinics

What Are the Benefits of Attending Special Dances by Cantrell (PDF)
Classic Dances

Our Round Dance Classics by Mick

Clockwise
Glossary
Clockwise Runaround

Unphased Figures by Stier

Close Hustle, Two Step, Waltz Glossary I
Close Point Foxtrot, Quickstep


Closed Basic Cha, Mambo, Salsa

Closed Change Waltz, Viennese Waltz

Closed Finish Tango Tango Helps & Figures by Rotscheid
IV
Closed Head

Glossary
Oh My Aching Head by German (PDF)

Closed 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

V
Closed Hover Foxtrot, Waltz

Closed Impetus Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Spin & Impetus Turns by Sears IV
Closed Position
Closed Position by Herbison-Evans
Dance Position and Connection by Sears
Elevate Your Foxtrot by Macuci
The Foxy Foxtrot by Rotscheid
Could Dance Position Help? by German (PDF)
Arm Styling Tips by Cantrell (PDF)
The Latin Hold by Cantrell (PDF)
Latin Motion by Cantrell
Photo Essay by Sears
Smooth Dancing by Collipi
Tango: Go, Stop by Sears
On Body Mechanics I by Stier
Oh My Aching Head by German (PDF)
Three Little Secrets by German (PDF)
Dancing Posture by Lamberty

Closed Promenade Tango Tango Helps & Figures by Rotscheid
One Figure, Closed Promenade by Sears
Tango: Go, Stop by Sears
Tango Tips by Eum
V
Closed Telemark Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz The Telemark Figures I by Stier
Telemark Talk by Moore
Telemarks by McGee
Telemarks by Slater
IV
Closed Turn
Glossary
Closed Wing Foxtrot, Waltz Phase VI Figures by Stier IV
Cluelessness
Keep Dancing by Sears
Coaster West Coast Swing WCS -- Two-Count Figures by Sears
WCS -- To Anchor or to Coaster by Cantrell (PDF)
IV
Coca Cola Salsa

Coca Rola Jive Twists and Twist Turns by Sears VI
Comma (,)
Glossary
Commence

Glossary
Compact Chasse Cha

Complete

Glossary
Conga Break Merengue
IV
Conga Walks Merengue
III
Connection
Dance Position and Connection by Sears
Smooth Dancing by Robinson

Continue

Glossary
Continuous
Glossary
Continuous Figures In Latin by Sears
Continuous Figures In Smooth by Sears

Continuous Basic
American Tango


Continuous Chasse Jive, Quickstep

Continuous Circular Hip Twist
Rumba

Continuous Cross Bodies Bolero

Continuous Double Cubans Cha

Continuous Double Reverse Spin Waltz Unphased Figures by Stier
Continuous Hip Twist Cha, Rumba Hip Twist Figures by Sears
Let's Learn to Twist by Finch
VI
Continuous Hover Cross Foxtrot, Waltz
VI
Continuous Natural Top Cha, Rumba
VI
Continuous Rolling Off the Arm Jive

Continuous Sand Step Jive

Continuous Spot Turn Cha

Continuous Whip West Coast Swing
VI
Continuous Wing Waltz Unphased Figures by Stier VI
Contra Banjo Position
Glossary
It's More Than Banjo by Finch
Photo Essay by Sears

Contra Body Movement (CBM) and
Contra Body Movement Position (CBMP)

Glossary
Dance Position List by Sears
Side Lead by Sears
It's A Side Show by Moore
Smooth Dancing by Fisher
Is It Really Banjo, or CBM and CBMP? by Blackford
Finding Solutions for Common Problem Figures in Smooth Dancing by Finch
It's More Than Banjo by Finch
Contrary Body Movement by German and Lamberty (PDF)

Contra Bota Fogo Samba
V
Contra Break Bolero
V
Contra Check American Tango, Bolero, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Waltz Check, Checking, Contra Check by Sears
Picture Figures by Finch
Picture Figures by Hilton
A Waltz Clinic by Eum & Hadley
Phase VI Figures by Stier
Inching Along -- The Timing Of A Step by German (PDF)
Photo Essay by Sears
Give Her Leg A Nudge by Sears
Picture Figures, Fact and Fantasy by Plaisance
Movin' On UP! by Nelson
V
Contra Check And Slip American Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Waltz
V
Contra Check And Switch American Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Waltz
V
Contra Rocks Bolero

Contra Sidecar Position
Glossary
Photo Essay by Sears

Contrary (see contra)



Cooperation

Round Dancing Is a Partnership by Sears
Copacabanas (Copas) Samba
IV
Corta Jaca Samba
V
Corte American Tango, Rumba, Tango Glossary
One Figure, Tango Back Corte by Sears
Move Your Body First by Sears
Some Basics About Picture Figures by Rotscheid
III
Count
Glossary
Counter Promenade Position
Dance Position by Sears
Tim Eum Dance Position Tips
Photo Essay by Sears

Counterclockwise
Glossary
Counterpart

Glossary
Coup De Pique Paso Doble Paso Doble: Continued by Nobel V
Couple

Glossary
Crab Walks Bolero, Cha, Rumba Tim Eum Crossing Steps Tip
Animal Figures by Sears
Shall We Take A Walk? by Sears
Rumba Tips by Eum
III
Crackerjack Quickstep Unclassified Quickstep Figures II by Stier
Cradle Argentine Tango

Criss Cross American Tango, Argentine Tango, Tango Tango Tips by Eum
III
Criss Cross Volta Samba
IV
Cross One Step, Two Step, Waltz Glossary
Photo Essay by Sears
I
Cross Basic Cha, Rumba Rumba Tips by Eum V
Cross Behind Two Step, Waltz
I
Cross Body Bolero, Cha, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa Whip Her Across by Sears
Rumba Tips by Eum
Bolero Tips by Eum
Bolero Cross Body and Left Pass by Sears
IV
Cross Body with Inside Underarm Turn Salsa

Cross Chasse Quickstep Tim Eum Crossing Steps Tip
Tim Eum Slow Two Step Tips
IV
Cross Hesitation Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Phase IV Figures by Stier
Some Waltz Figures by Eum
IV
Cross Hover Foxtrot, Waltz Standard Figures from I to VI by Eum III
Cross In Back Two Step, Waltz Glossary I
Cross In Front Two Step, Waltz Glossary I
Cross Pivot Foxtrot, Waltz
IV
Cross Swivel Foxtrot, Waltz
IV
Cross Walk One Step, Two Step Glossary I
Cross Wrap Waltz

Cruzado Samba
VI
Cuban Action
Glossary
Rumba and the Latin Hip by Sears
Latin Motion & Technique by Eum

Cuban Break Cha
V
Cuban Break Chasse
Cha
Alternate Chasses in Cha Cha by Moore
Cucaracha Cha, Rumba Animal Figures by Sears

Mini-Picture Figures by Sears
Rumba Tips by Eum

III
Cucaracha Cross
Rumba
III
Cuddle BoleroCha, Mambo, Rumba Glossary
Let's Cuddle by Sears
V
Cuddle Position
Dance Position List by Sears
Photo Essay by Sears

Cue Sheet
Glossary
Cue Sheet Shorthand
Timing Shorthand by Sears
Cueing
Helper Cues by Sears
Adding Cues to an MP3 by Eum (PDF)

Cuer

Glossary
Cues
Glossary
Helper Cues by Sears

Cumbia Salsa

Curl Cha, Rumba Glossary VI
Curly Whip Jive More Jive Tips by Eum VI
Curtsy
Glossary I
Curve
Glossary
Curved Feather Foxtrot, Waltz Feathers by Sears
What About Feathers? by Stier
Tim Eum Tips
The Look Alikes by Stier
V
Curving Basic American Tango

Curving Progressive Tango Rocks Argentine Tango

Curving Three Step Foxtrot Foxtrot Tips by Tim Eum V
Curving Volta Samba
IV
Cut One Step, Two Step Glossary II
Cut Back Two Step
II


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