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CabaretA special single-dance division of Dancesoprt in which couples dance an exhibition-style piece to their own selection of music. The dance may incorporate lifts and/or drops, and is not limited to the pre-defined dance styles such as Smooth or Latin.
cadenceA definitive ending to a musical phrase.
canter timingA rhythm used in 3/4 music where two steps are taken over the course of 3 beats; the second beat is skipped.
carriageThe position of the arms and top line while in dance position.
centerThe place on the body just below the abdomen and above the groin. Balance is determined primarily by the placement of the center in relationship to the feet.
Cha ChaAn exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950's as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm.
chainé turnA turn or chain of turns which are continuous and directional in nature, in which one full turn is made with each two steps.
ChairA strong checking action taken forward and across in Promenade Position, with the man's right and lady's left foot.
challenge positionA dance position where the man and lady are apart and without contact, facing each other.
change of weightThe full movement or transference of body weight from one foot to the other.
Closed ChangeA movement used in the ballroom swinging dances which consists of three steps, the feet closing on the third step. The Change step is most frequently used to change back and forth between Left and Right Box Turns ( Closed Turns ).
chasséA series of 2 or 3 consecutive lateral steps, where the feet are closed on the second step.
chassé turnA turn consisting of 3 steps, where the feet are closed on the second or third step.
checkA pronounced discontinuation of movement through the feet.
choreographyA compilation of movements which make up a dance or dance routine.
claveA musical instrument included in the rhythm section of many Latin bands, commonly used in the playing of Mambo and Salsa music.
closed divisionA division of competition which involves the dancing of figures specific to a syllabus, to the exclusion of variations and choreography.
closed facing position(Latin & Rhythm)
A dance position where partners face each other slightly apart, with the normal hold.
closed figureA figure which ends with one foot closing to the other, with a change of weight.
closed finishThe last part of a figure which ends with feet together, such as steps 4-6 of a Waltz Twinkle.
closed positionRefers to the normal hold where man and lady stand facing each other. In the smooth ballroom dances, partners stand very close together in body contact, slightly offset to the left. In the Latin dances, partners stand a few inches apart, either directly in front of each other or very slightly offset.
closed facing position(Latin & Rhythm)
A dance position where partners face each other, either slightly apart or in body contact.
closed turnA turn consisting of 3 steps, where the feet are closed on the second or third step.
coaster stepA triple step in which the first step is taken in the opposite direction of the third, and the feet close on the second step.
collectTo complete the changing of weight to the standing foot by drawing the moving foot underneath the body.
combinationA group of consecutive patterns and choreography.
componentAn small, individual unit of movement.
compressionThe lowering of the center resulting from the bending of the knees, for the purpose of commencing movement.
connectionA means of communication between partners, either visually, or as an actual physical point of contact.
continuity movementThe continuous passing of the feet from one step to the next, without closing or chasse action. The concept of continuity-style movement is usually specific to the ballroom swing dances, and pertains to the third or last step in a measure. In American Style competitive dancing, continuity is not allowed in the Bronze Level.
contra body movementThe turning of the body against the standing foot, in the direction of the moving leg. Contra Body Movement is used to commence turns in the ballroom dances. Also known as: Contrary Body Movement, Contra Body Motion.
contra body movement positionThe foot position achieved by placing the moving foot along the path of the standing foot, either in front or behind.
contra positionDance position where man and lady are both moving toward each other's left/right side, both using the same foot.
controlThe ability to maintain balance and stability throughout the body while dancing.
CortéSpanish word meaning, "cut". The word Corte is used to describe several different figures, including the American style Tango Corte (Lunge), the International style Tango Back Corte, and the Waltz Reverse Corte and Hover Corte.
counterpartThe corresponding part to a pattern danced by the partner.
counter promenade positionA V-shaped Dance Position with the lady on the man's left side.
counter weightTension applied to a connection through the opposition of of the partners' body weight.
cross body leadAn American Style basic figure in which the man turns perpendicular the lady, leading her to dance forward on a path which crosses in front of his body.
cross body positionDance Position where man and lady are at right-angles to each other, lady moving in front of man from his right to his left side.
cross turnA turn consisting of 3 steps, where the feet are crossed on the second or third step.
cruzaraSpanish word meaning, "cross": A step taken with one foot crossed tightly over the other, either in front or behind.
cuban motionThe rotation of the hips around the spine achieved by the alternate bending and straightening of the knees. Specific to American Style Rhythm dancing.
cuban walksForward or Backward walks taken with Cuban-style hip motion.
CucarachasA basic International figure consisting of side breaks to the left and right. Also used in American Style, but under the alias Side Breaks or 2nd Position Breaks.
cuddle positionA variation of the Shadow Position where the man and lady are in very close contact. Usually, the hands are connected in the following way: Man's LH to Lady's RH, and Man's RH to Lady's LH. Also known as Flirtation Position.
cut timeThe time signature of 2/4. Each measure contains two beats. Samba and Tango are examples of music written in Cut Time.
center[Ballroom] The middle of the dance floor. In the Alignments section of the charts, the Center is the direction exactly opposite the Wall.
connectionTension applied to a physical point of contact through the manipulation of body weight toward or away from it.
claveThe common, underlying two-measure rhythm of Afro-Cuban music such as the Mambo. The Clave rhythm accents specific beats within the two measure phrase; One measure contains two accents while the other contains three.
choreographyThe creation of movement which makes up a dance or dance routine.
change weightTo completely move or transfer the body weight from one foot to the other.

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