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Dance terms - ballroom and Latin dances

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

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Common Abbreviations


open break – A break step taken in open facing position, usually with the partners dancing in opposition. In other words, they both break back simultaneously.

outside turn – the lady turns to her right under the man's left hand or she turns to her left under the man's right hand. See also inside turn.

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