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The ChaseA Cha Cha figure where the man and lady dance variations of the Progressive Basic movement in an Apart dance position. The lady will either follow the man visually, or improvise freely on her own until the man picks her up into a connected dance position.
The ConversationAn out-of-date term to describe basic Promenade patterns.
tensionTautness in the muscles sufficient to maintain tone.
TangoIn the American and International ballroom styles, a dance in 2/4 time, which originated in Argentina and is characterized by catlike walking action and staccato head movements.
Tango CloseIn American Smooth, the ending of most Tango patterns: forward on the left foot, side on the right foot, and left foot closes to right foot without weight. Timing: Quick Quick Slow.
tempoThe speed of a dance or a piece of music, measured in measures per minute or beats per minute.
tensionMuscular effort or strain.
Theatre ArtsA category of ballroom competition which includes lifts and drops. Also known as Adagio.
Three StepOne of the characteristic patterns of the Slow Foxtrot, comprised of three forward steps beginning on the left foot taken in-line with the lady. Timing Slow, Quick, Quick.
timingThe synchronizing of body movements to the beat or feel of the music.
time signatureA musical device used to indicate the number of beats which occur in each measure or bar.
toeThe part of the foot which extends forward from the ball.
toe-heelThe footwork used on a lowering action, abbreviated "TH". Commencing from a position of rise, the foot moves first with the toe in contact with the floor. The heel is then lowered to the floor, and the body lowers and weight shifts over the foot.
toe releaseThe action of lifting the toe of the front foot from the floor, and maintinaing contact with the heel of the front foot while taking a backward walk.
top lineThe line created by the head, neck, shoulders, arms and back, usually in dance position.
trackingThe placement of the feet created by passing the free leg under the body along very narrow imaginary tracks.
triple stepA series of three consecutive steps, usually syncopated within two beats of music.
Tuck In TurnIn Swing, a turn which is led by the man causing the lady to wind up, or "tuck-in", then leading her to spin in the opposite direction.
turnAn action involving rotation.
turnoutA position of the feet in which the toes point away from each other.
TwinkleA dance figure or pattern, usually consisting of 3 steps, involving a pronounced rise & fall action. There are many versions of a Twinkle, the most common being found in American style Waltz and Foxtrot.
twistThe action of turning the feet against the floor.
twist turnA type of turn executed on the spot, with both feet maintaining contact with the floor. The body weight is usually held between the feet.
Two StepA Country & Western dance in 4/4 time, traveling very swiftly around the line of dance.
The ChaseA Tango figure which usually commences in promenade position.
toeIn footwork descriptions, refers to a step taken high on the toe, with the heel kept up off of the floor, coinciding with rise or an up position.
toe-heelThe footwork used on any back step, regardless of whether the body is in a position of rise or not. The foot moves backward first with the toe in contact with the floor. The heel is then lowered to the floor, and the body weight shifts over the foot.
The TwistA popular dance of the 1950's popularized by Chubby Checker.
timingThe synchronizing of movement of two bodies, or of the various actions within one body.

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