Dance terms dictionary - ballroom and LatinIn this dacne terms dictionary you will find definitions for many of the 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.
mambo - Similar to salsa but "danced on the second beat of the measure."
merengue - A festive and happy Latin dance with tempo range from about 120 to 160
military turn – The 180 degree turn that effects an “about face.” The turn consists of a prep step and a pivot. See the turn technique video!
Modern Style Ballroom - The term used to describe the ballroom dances of the International Style: waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, tango, and quickstep. This term has largely been replaced by the term standard.