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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.)
Sailor Shuffle Cha, Jive More Jive Tips by Eum IV
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Sailor Shuffle Chasse
Cha
Alternate Chasses in Cha Cha by Moore
Salsa Box Salsa

Salsa Rhythm
Simply Salsa! by Fisher
Music Clip

Samba Bounce
Character and Origin of Samba by Sechrist
Samba Styling by Ayme
Samba by McGee

Samba Break Chasse
Cha
Alternate Chasses in Cha Cha by Moore
Samba Rhythm
Character and Origin of Samba by Sechrist
Samba Styling by Ayme
Samba by Cantrell
Samba by McGee
Tim Eum Samba Tip
Let's Put On A Show
How To Samba
Music Clip

Samba Runs Samba
IV
Samba Walks Samba
IV
Same Footwork
Glossary
Same Foot Lunge Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Waltz Picture Figures
Phase VI Smooth Figures by Stier
Inching Along -- The Timing Of A Step by German (PDF)
Photo Essay
Picture Figures by Finch 
Left Hinge, Right Hinge by Sears
Picture Figures, Fact and Fantasy by Plaisance
VI
Same Foot Lunge Line Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Waltz

Sand Step Five-Count, Jive, Two Step
II
Sand Step Wheel Jive

Savoy Jive

Scallop Mambo Animal Figures
IV
Scissors Five-Count, Polka, Two Step
II
Scissors Hitch Two Step
II
Scissors Thru Five-Count, Two Step
II
Scoop Quickstep Quickstep Figures by Stier V
Scoop Sugar Push
West Coast Swing


Scoot One Step, Polka, Two Step
II
Scrambler Jive Animal Figures
Semi Chasse

Let's Chasse by Sears
Semi-Closed Position
Dance Position
Tim Eum Dance Position Tips
Oh My Aching Head by German (PDF)
Photo Essay

Semicolon (;)
Glossary
Sentada Argentine Tango

Separation Merengue, Paso Doble
III, IV
Sequence

Glossary
Serpiente American Tango, Rumba, Tango One Figure, the Tango Serpiente III
Shadow Attack Paso Doble
V
Shadow Bota Fogos Samba
V
Shadow Break Rumba

Shadow Grapevine
Foxtrot


Shadow New Yorker Bolero, Cha, Rumba Bolero Tips by Eum
Shadow Position
Dance Position and Connection Between Partners
Photo Essay

Shadow Right Turn
Slow Two Step
One Figure -- Rumba Underarm Roll
Shadow Skips
Viennese Waltz

Shag Step Jive
III
Shake
Glossary I
Shape

Do You Shape? by Finch
Glossary

She Go He Go Hustle, Jive Tim Eum Jive Tip V
Shimmy
Glossary
Shoes
Shoes by Eum
Selecting Ballroom Dance Shoes by Chavey
Do You Really Need All Those Shoes? by Hadley

Shorty George Lindy You Were Never Lovlier - Fred Astaire
Shoulder Roll Jive
VI
Shoulder Shove Jive, Single Swing Tim Eum Jive Tip IV
Shoulder Shove in 4
Jive

Shoulder To Shoulder Bolero, Cha, Rumba
III
Shoulder Tuck & Spin Slow Two Step

Shuttlecock Whip
West Coast Swing


Side Two Step, Waltz Glossary I
Side Basic Merengue, Rumba, Salsa, Slow Two Step
III
Side Breaks Jive, Lindy, Mambo, Merengue, West Coast Swing West Coast Figure Patterns
IV
Side-by-Side Position
Glossary
Dance Position List

Side Close One Step

Side Close To Sidecar One Step, Polka, Two Step

Side Conga Walks Merengue
III
Side Corte American Tango, Argentine Tango, Tango
III
Side Hesitation Viennese Waltz

Side Lead
Side Lead
Efforts We Can Make To Improve All Our Dancing by Sears

Side Lock Chasse Quickstep

Side Samba Walk Samba
IV
Side Separation Merengue

Side Stair Merengue, Tango, Two Step
III
Side Two Step Two Step
I
Side Walks Cha, Rumba
III
Side Whip West Coast Swing
V
Sidecar Position
Dance Position & Connection
Tim Eum Dance Position Tips
Oh My Aching Head by German (PDF)
Photo Essay

Simple Basic Tango
IV
Simple Spin Jive
VI
Single Corte American Tango

Single Cuban Break Cha
V
Single Swing Rhythm
Jive and Swing

Single Taps With Turns Salsa

Sit Line Cha, Rumba Photo Essay V
Six Quick Twinkle Quickstep
V
Sixteen Paso Doble Paso Doble: Continued by Nobel V
Skate Five-Count, One Step, Two Step Glossary II
Skaters Position
Dance Position and Connection
Photo Essay

Skaters Left Turn

Needed -- Two Left Feet (Turning In Tandem) by German (PDF)
Skaters Right Turn

Needed -- Two Left Feet (Turning In Tandem) by German (PDF)
Skip Two Step Glossary
Photo Essay
II
Skirt Skaters Position
Dance Position and Connection

Slap

Glossary
Slash (/)
Glossary
Slice
Side Lead
Photo Essay

Slide Two Step Glossary I
Sliding Door Cha, Five-Count, Rumba, Two Step
II, III
Slingshot

Glossary
Slingshot Runaway And Back Jive

Slingshot Throwaway Jive

Slingshot Throwout West Coast Swing

Slip
Glossary
Just A Slip by German (PDF)
III
Slip Appel Paso Doble One Figure, Paso Doble Appel
Slip Chasse Cha Cha-Cha-Cha
Slip Pivot Foxtrot, Waltz Phase III Smooth Figures by Stier
Phase V Smooth Figures by Stier
Smooth Dancing by McGee
Reverse Fallaway by Finch
III
Slip Slop Lindy

Slot

Glossary
Slow
Glossary
Where Should We Put the Slow?

Slow Hover Two Step

Slow Ochos Tango
IV
Slow Side Lock Foxtrot, Waltz Some Waltz Figures by Eum
Photo Essay
IV
Slow Slow I Love You So
Jive

Slow Two Step Rhythm
Slow Two Step by Rotscheid
History & Character
Slow Two Step Is Smooth & Flowing
A Few Notes on Slow Two Step by Finch
Music Clip

Smile
Glossary
Smile — Dancing Is About the Relationship
Smile! by Woodruff -- It's NOT required.
Three Gentle Reminders
Fred Astaire Album

Smooth Rhythms

Round Dance Rhythms
Smooth vs Latin by Garza
Smooth Rhythm Technique by Cantrell (PDF)

Snake Merengue Tim Eum Latin
Animal Figures

Snap

Glossary
Sole Tap
Jive Some Jive Tips by Eum IV
Solo
Glossary
Solo Left Turning Box Two Step, Waltz
II
Solo Reverse Turn Foxtrot

Solo Waltz Turn Waltz
II
Sombrero Position
Glossary
Dance Positions

Spanish Arms Jive
IV
Spanish Drag American Tango, Tango
IV
Spanish Line Paso Doble

Spin
Glossary II
Spin And Double Twist Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Twist Turns by Sears
Playing With Waltz Timing -- Spin and Twist by Sears
Some Waltz Figures by Eum
VI
Spin And Twist Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Twists and Twist Turns by Sears
Twist Turns by Sears
Phase VI Smooth Figures by Stier
Playing With Waltz Timing -- Spin and Twist by Sears
VI
Spin Maneuver Waltz
II
Spin Overturn
Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Smooth Your Dancing by Sears
Some Waltz Figures by Eum
III
Spin Turn Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz Spin & Impetus Turns by Sears
Smooth Your Dancing by Sears
Finding Solutions for Common Problem Figures in Smooth Dancing by Finch
III
Spiral
Glossary
Leading An Underarm Turn by Sears
Rumba Character by Sechrist
V
Split Ronde Foxtrot, Waltz A Waltz Clinic by Eum & Hadley
Figures Without Phase Ratings I by Stier
Finding Solutions for Common Problem Figures in Smooth Dancing by Finch
Phase VI Figures by Eum
VI
Spot
Glossary
Spot Pivot
Glossary
Spot Spin Two Step, Waltz
II
Spot Turn Bolero, Cha, Mambo, Rumba Glossary III
Spot Volta Samba
IV
Spotting
Glossary
Spring

Glossary
Square Polka, Slow Two Step One Figure, the Square by Sears
The Switch In Slow Two Step by Sears
A Few Notes on Slow Two Step by Finch

Staccato Action

Glossary
Stair One Step, Two Step Tim Eum Two Step Tips III
Stalking Walks American Tango, Argentine Tango, Tango
V
Stamp
Glossary I
Stamp Appel
Paso Doble One Figure, Paso Doble Appel by Sears
Standard Introduction or Acknowledgment
Glossary
Standardized Figures

Why Bother With Standards? by Finch
How Figures Come to Be by Finch

Standing Spin
Waltz
Unphased Figures by Stier
Star Position
Dance Position List by Sears
Stationary Walks Samba
IV
Stier, Roy & Phyllis
Dance Articles
Step Two Step, Waltz Glossary
Photo Essay
Move Your Body First by Sears
Fred Astaire Album
I
Step And Then Turn In Latin
An Alemana Is Not A Twirl by Sears
Step Skip One Step

Step Swivel Two Step
II
Stomp Two Step Glossary I
Stop
Argentine Tango

Stop And Go Jive More Jive Tips by Eum V
Stop And Go Hockey Stick Cha, Rumba
V
Stork Line
Dance Position List
Photo Essay

Straight Basic American Tango

Straight Whip
West Coast Swing


Stretch Or Sway
Glossary
Body Sway by Sears

Stretching the Beat

Round Dancing Is a Partnership by Sears
Stroll Two Step Glossary I
Strolling Box Five-Count

Strolling Vine Five-Count, Polka, Two Step
III
Strut Polka, Two Step Glossary
Photo Essay
I
Stutter Quickstep, West Coast Swing
Quickstep Figures by Stier V
Styling
Glossary
Make It Look Easy by Sears
Make A Picture by Sears
Several Articles on Dance Styling by Sears
Ballroom Photo Album
Fred Astaire Album
Differences Between Men and Women

Sugar Bump West Coast Swing Four Problem Figures In West Coast Swing by Moore IV
Sugar In & Out West Coast Swing

Sugar Push West Coast Swing WCS Figures -- 4-Count and More by Sears
WCS -- Sugar Push by Cantrell (PDF)
IV
Sugar Push Hook Turn West Coast Swing Four Problem Figures In West Coast Swing by Moore VI
Sugar Push In Place West Coast Swing

Sugar Push With Rock Two West Coast Swing

Sugar Push With Rocks West Coast Swing

Sugar Push With Scoops
West Coast Swing

Sugar Wheel Jive

Sunburst Rumba

Supporting Foot
Glossary
Sur Place Paso Doble
IV
Surprise Underarm Turn West Coast Swing

Surprise Whip West Coast Swing
V
Susie Q Two Step Tim Eum Crossing Steps Tip III
Swagger Two Step
I
Sway Waltz Glossary
Body Sway by Sears
Sway by Eum
Elevate Your Foxtrot by Macuci
Some Basics About Picture Figures by Rotscheid
Efforts We Can Make To Improve All Our Dancing by Sears
II
Sweetheart Bolero, Cha, Rumba
V
Sweetheart Runs Slow Two Step A Few Notes on Slow Two Step by Finch IV
Swim
Jive

Swing Rhythm

Glossary
A Few Notes On East Coast Swing by Finch
Jive & Swing by Sears
Swing and Jive are Different by Sears
Jive and Swing Deserve Some Care and Precision, too by Sears
The Swing's the Thing by Easterday
II
Swing Out Lindy

Swing Out With Inside Turn Lindy

Swing Out With Jump Ending Lindy

Swing Out With Outside Turn Lindy

Switch Bolero, Cha, Rumba, Slow Two Step What Is A Switch? by Sears
A Few Notes on Slow Two Step by Finch
IV
Switch Box Slow Two Step The Switch In Slow Two Step by Sears
Switch Cross Bolero, Cha, Rumba What Is A Switch? by Sears IV
Switch Rock Bolero, Cha, Rumba What Is A Switch? by Sears IV
Switches Slow Two Step What Is A Switch? by Sears
The Switch In Slow Two Step by Sears
One Figure, the STS Switch by Sears
IV
Switching Grapevine Foxtrot Dance With Feeling by Sears
Swivel Two Step Glossary
Tim Eum Action Tip
II
Swivel Basic Tango
IV
Swivel Walks Jive Glossary
Shall We Take A Walk? by Sears
III
Swivel Whisk Waltz
V
Syllabus

Glossary
Syncopated Separation Paso Doble
VI
Syncopated Turning Basic Bolero

Syncopated Underarm Turns Waltz

Syncopated Whisk Foxtrot, Waltz A Waltz Clinic by Eum & Hadley V
Syncopation
Glossary


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