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straightWithout sway to left or right.
Spot TurnIn American Rhythm, a step in closed position in which one partner walks forward in a tight circle, while the other partner moves back out of the way by hooking one foot behind the other, and stepping side alternately. (Known in International Latin as a Natural Top.)
standing footThe foot which bears the majority of the body weight.
stepA pattern formed by a small group of steps or movements (short for "step pattern").
supporting footThe foot which bears the majority of the body weight.
swinging dancesSmooth dances characterized by swinging movements such as Slow Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep.
SwingA generic term to describe any form of Swing, such as East Coast, West Coast, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, etc.
syncopationA deviation from the basic or expected rhythm.
SalsaA popular Latin nightclub dance which evolved as a modified form of Mambo.
SambaA rhythmical Brazilian dance in 2/4 time which has been adapted for modern Ballroom dancing and incorporated into the repertoire of the International Standard syllabus.
Samba bounceRhythmical bouncing motion of the Samba, achieved by the continuous flexing and straightening of the knees, as well as the usage of the feet and ankles. Samba is noted for it's distinct style of movement, which incorporates both Latin hip motion and the signature "Samba Bounce".
shadow positionDance position where both man and lady face the same direction, with one partner either directly in front of the other, or slightly offset to the left or right. As the name implies, Shadow position is usually taken with partners shadowing each other's movement, on the same foot and in the same direction. Partners can be closed (in body contact), semi-closed (slightly apart but within arms reach), or completely apart.
shine positionDance position where dancers stand apart, facing each other. The term "Shine Position" is usually associated with modern social Disco and Latin freestyle dancing, where dancers improvise and "show off" to their partners.
shoulder leadingPosition of the body such that the shoulder (and usually the entire side of the body) corresponding to the moving foot is in advance of the other side. For example, when the right foot moves forward, the right side of the body moves forward in advance of the left side. Opposite of Contra Body Movement.
sickleTo roll the foot so that the top angles outward (outside edge to the floor). This is almost always considered poor technique. Also known as supination.

side by side positionDance position where man and lady stand side by side. They can have a one-arm or one-hand hold, or stand apart without a connection.
side leadingPosition of the body such that the side of the body corresponding to the moving foot is in advance of the other side. For example, when the right foot moves forward, the right side of the body moves forward in advance of the left side. Opposite of Contra Body Movement.
SilverThe second complete level of the American Medalist System, representing intermediate to advanced patterns and concepts. Silver level is not a level associated with social dancing.
slowA musical count which encompasses two full beats of music, exactly twice the time of a "Quick".
slow dancingA free-form type of social dancing to slow ballad or blues music. Slow dancing has no pre-determined basic steps or stylistic interpretation, although it is typically characterized by a compact dance hold or even a full embrace, with dancers swaying back and forth in a slow, steady rhythm.
Slow FoxtrotThe International version of Foxtrot characterized by long, slow linear movements.
Slow WaltzAn International or American Style dance in 3/4 time which developed from the much faster Viennese Waltz. Slow Waltz is characterized by rise and fall and rotational movement.
slotA narrow rectangular section of dance floor used in nightclub dances such as West Coast Swing and Hustle, making efficient use of dance floor space.
spinA very fast turning action.
Spiral TurnA turn which takes place after a forward step. With weight on the front foot a turn toward the free foot is made. The free leg then bends and wraps around the standing leg as one or more turns are completed.
Spot RunA movement in which the man and lady run around each other in a small circle while in a dance position.
spottingWhile turning, the action of focusing on a fixed point and turning the head at a different speed than the body.
Spot TurnA turn consisting of three forward walks in one small area, usually completing one full turn over three steps. (Known in American Rhythm as a Walkaround Turn).
standing legThe leg which bears the majority of the body weight.
stepA change of weight from one foot to the other.
stretchTo extend a limb or muscle to full length, or to increase the extension possible.
SugarpushThe basic step of West Coast Swing.
supinateTo roll the foot to the outer edge.
supporting LegThe leg which bears the majority of the body weight.
strideThe length or extension of a step.
swayThe inclination of the body to the left or right, usually away from the direction of movement.
swing dancesGroup of dances including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Balboa, Shag, and Charleston.
swinging actionThe action of swinging the body weight from foot to foot as though suspended from an anchor point high above, like a pendulum.
swivelThe action of turning on a weighted foot.
syncopateTo deviate from the basic or normal rhythm.
syncopationAny rhythm which contains notes or accents in between downbeats or primary beats. The more notes or accents that occur between beats, the more syncopated a rhythm is said to be.

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