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Ballroom and Latin dance terms and definitions!

In this dictionary you will find definitions for dances and dance terms used on this site and in the ballroom dance community. Terms are sorted alphabetically, making this a handy reference for beginning and advanced dancers alike. Common Abbreviations are listed in their own section.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O |
P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Common Abbreviations

Common Abbreviations

BLOD - Backward Line of Dance

BPM - Beats per minute

BWD - Backward

CFP - Close Facing Position

DTC - Diagonally To the Center

DTW - Diagonally To the Wall

FWD - Forward

L - Left

LF - Left foot

LOD - Line of Dance

MPM - Measures per minute

OFP - Open Facing Position

PP - Promenade Position

Q - Quick (a step lasting one beat)

R - Right

RF - Right foot

S - Slow (a step lasting two beats)

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