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Definitions for ballroom and Latin dances

In this dictionary you will find definitions for ballroom and Latin dances used on this site and in the ballroom dance community. Terms are sorted alphabetically, making this a handy reference for beginning and advanced dancers alike. Common Abbreviations are listed in their own section.

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P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Common Abbreviations


grapevine - A continuous traveling step pattern to the side with crosses behind and/or in front. Steps sideways where the trailing foot alternates between crossing in front and crossing behind.
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guapacha (guapacha timing) – Usually used in cha cha dancing. The timing changes from the standard 1,2,3,4& to 1,2&3, 4& 1,2&3. No step is taken on the & count between 2 and 3, rather, the step normally taken on count 2 is delayed by ½ beat.

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