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Shorthand Terms

Rhythm

X
A step (weight change) on a beat of music.
x
A step (weight change) on the "&" or "a" count
/
Is a place holder used on a beat of music to indicate there is no step (weight change)
O
O: Pressing the Sending Foot into the floor to cause the entire body to rise and and return the weight to the same foot -- such as in a Hop, Jump or Leap.
o
Pressing the Sending Foot into the floor only causing only the lower body to respond (legs & knees) such as in a Skip or Scoot. The upper body does not rise.

Leader/Follower

L
Leader
F
Follower
M
Man
W
Woman

Hands

Lh
Left Hand
Lh
Right Hand

 

 

Slot & Rails

The actions specified below could be a step, kick, etc. in the direction indicated.

=
an action applied in the direction of the slot
forward, back or in place
>
an action applied in the direction of the slot
forward, back or in place
<
an action applied in the direction of the slot
forward, back or in place
B
an action applied to the rail in back of where the dancer would be in center slot -- assuming the dancer is facing perpendicular to the slot (i.e. facing cross slot) prior to the
F
an action applied to the rail in back of where the dancer would be in center slot -- assuming the dancer is facing perpendicular to the slot (i.e. facing cross slot) prior to the action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foot

L
Left Foot
R
Right Foot

Direction

Lt or L
Left
Rt or R
Right
F or Fwd or f
Forward (lower case means short step)
B or Bk or b
Back (lower case means short step)

S or s

Side (lower case means short step)
P
In Place -- or for slot type dances this may require a slight movement to the left or right rail as indicated in the Slot/Rail annotation
T
Together
X
Cross
Xf
Cross in Front
Xb
Cross in Back
Hk
Hook in Back
K
Kick
Kf
Kick Forward
Kb
Kick Back
Sf or sf
Slap Forward

Turns - Direction

The dancer must be centered prior to beginning a turn and must remain centered throughout the turn to its completion.

>
Indicates the beginning or end of a Turn
Tr or R
Right Turn (Clockwise)
Tl or L
Left Turn (Counterclockwise)
CW
Clockwise (Right Turn)
CC
Counterclockwise (Left Turn)

 

        

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