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facingA description of the alignment of the body, when it is the same as the feet.
fakeChanging from the usual foot by either skipping or adding a step to the normal step pattern.
fallaway positionA V-shaped dance position similar to Promenade Position, but with man and lady moving backward.
FanA basic figure used in the International Style Rumba and Cha Cha, incorporating the Fan Position.
fan positionDance position where man and lady stand at right-angles, lady on man's left side. Man holds lady's right hand in his left.
FeatherA Foxtrot movement involving 3 progressive steps, the third step usually taken with lady in Right Outside Partner Position. Types of Feather movements: Feather Step, Feather Finish, Feather Finish from PP, Hover Feather, Curved Feather, Back Feather.
FellowThe fourth complete level of the International system, representing the highest level of achievement of syllabus patterns and concepts.
figureA standardized step pattern which, together with other patterns, constitute the basis of a dance.
flatA type of footwork, abbreviated "F", or "WF" (for whole foot).
flexTo incline the foot in such a way that it is placed at an angle nearly perpendicular to the leg.
flickAn extension of the lower leg taken in a sharp or staccato manner.
flirtation 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 Cuddle Position.
floor craftThe ability to maneuver around the dance floor in a skilled, controlled, and courteous manner.
followingCorrectly reacting to the movements and signals given by the leader, through one or more connections (visual and/or physical).
follow throughThe passing of the moving foot underneath the body between steps.
foot positionsIndication of the placement of the feet relative to each other. Examples: LF Forward, RF Side, LF Diagonally Back.
foot pressurePressure applied to the floor through the free foot, often a result of having partial body weight on it.
foot riseElevation of the body through the use of the ankles, by pushing up onto the balls of the feet.
footworkThe part of the foot in contact with the floor at a specific point in time. Examples: Ball, Heel, Inside Edge of Whole Foot.
formation teamA group of three or more dancers who perform ballroom-style routines.
FoxtrotA smooth dance introduced to the public in 1913 by Harry Fox, noted for being the first dance to incorporate into the rhythm a combination of Slows and Quicks. Foxtrot is characterized by smooth, walking-style movements, but can be adapted to fit a variety of musical tempi and style, or to fit onto small, crowded nightclub dance floors.
frameThe position of the arms and top line while in dance position.
free legThe leg that does not have the majority of body weight, being free enough to move.
freestyle dancingAny style of dancing that does not involve the dancing of pre-conceived steps, figures or choreography. Often associated with solo (non-partner) dancing.
freestyle divisionA division of competition whereby the man leads the lady through an improvised set of figures, without relying on pre-determined choreography or dance routines.
fanA swivel taken on one foot, ended with the free foot pointing to the side.
foot positionsThe five positions of the feet as defined in Ballet, which are:
First Position (together)
Second Position (apart, side by side)
Third Position (heel to instep)
Fourth Position (apart, one foot forward)
Fifth Position (toe to heel)
free footThe foot that does not have the majority of body weight, being free enough to move.
flexAn inclined position of the foot which is achieved when the heel is still in contact with the floor, but the ball is not.

Figure (1) and (2): Flexed Foot


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