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dance positionThe position of the man and lady in relationship to each other when dancing.
dancesportThe official name given to the sport of competitive Ballroom Dancing.
developé(Dev-Lo-PAY) An action whereby the free foot is drawn up to the knee of the supporting leg, and then extended (or "developed") until the leg is completely straight.
diagonal movementMovement which is simultaneously lateral (sideways) and progressive (forward/back).
directional movementMovement toward a specific direction (as opposed to rotational movement). Three types of directional movement are Lateral, Progressive, and Diagonal.
downbeatRefers to the very beginning of each beat. If a measure is counted 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &... then the numbers 1,2,3, and 4 are considered to be the downbeats, while the "ands" are the Upbeats.
dropA type of movement in which one partner's body weight becomes partially or completely supported by the other, while at least one part of the supportee's body remains in contact with the floor.
dynamicsChanges in the various qualities of dancing, such as speed, height, mood, and intensity.
downbeatRefers to the strongest beats in each measure. In 4/4 music the downbeats are the 1 and the 3. (The upbeats are 2 and 4).

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