Dance Cue Terms

This simple glossary is intended for the non-dancer or the new dancer. We hope knowledge of these terms will make use of the cue sheet library easier, and allow you to visualize the many dances presented.

Butterfly Position Facing partner, arms spread wide at shoulder level, hands joined.
bwd backward movement
Closed Position Standard waltz position. Partners face each other, man's right arm around woman's waist, woman's left arm on man's right shoulder. Man's left and woman's right arms extended at shoulder height, hands joined
COH Center of Hall.
CCW Counter-clockwise direction. Consider the hall as a clock with the caller in the 12 O'clock position.
CW Clockwise, see above
diag Diagonal movement to line of dance.
fwd forward movement
LOD Line of Dance - in the direction of dance. In a waltz or round dance this is generally counterclockwise
L left - foot, side or hand depending on context
meas measure or measures. One comlete set of beats (3 beats in 3/4 time, 4 in 4/4 etc)
Semi-closed position See closed above. In this case, arm position is identical but partners face line of dance, hips together.
Skater's position Partner's both face line of dance, side by side, woman on man's right. Left arms extended shoulder height, right hands joined at woman's right hip.
RLOD Movement in reverse line of dance. In round dancing this is usually clockwise. See LOD above
Varsouvianna position Partners stand side by side,  woman on the man's right. Right hands joined just above woman's her right shoulder, left hands joined across in front of him and at her shoulder height. Hands above woman's right shoulder should be actually in the air and not resting on her shoulder. Joined left
hands are not collapsed back against the man's chest but should be held forward so that there is a space between couple.
Butterfly Position Facing partner, arms spread wide at shoulder level, hands joined.
bwd backward movement
Closed Position Standard waltz position. Partners face each other, man's right arm around woman's waist, woman's left arm on man's right shoulder. Man's left and woman's right arms extended at shoulder height, hands joined
COH Center of Hall.
CCW Counter-clockwise direction. Consider the hall as a clock with the caller in the 12 O'clock position.
CW Clockwise, see above
diag Diagonal movement to line of dance.
fwd forward movement
LOD Line of Dance - in the direction of dance. In a waltz or round dance this is generally counterclockwise
L left - foot, side or hand depending on context
meas measure or measures. One comlete set of beats (3 beats in 3/4 time, 4 in 4/4 etc)
Semi-closed position See closed above. In this case, arm position is identical but partners face line of dance, hips together.
Skater's position Partner's both face line of dance, side by side, woman on man's right. Left arms extended shoulder height, right hands joined at woman's right hip.
RLOD Movement in reverse line of dance. In round dancing this is usually clockwise. See LOD above
Varsouvianna position Partners stand side by side,  woman on the man's right. Right hands joined just above woman's her right shoulder, left hands joined across in front of him and at her shoulder height. Hands above woman's right shoulder should be actually in the air and not resting on her shoulder. Joined left
hands are not collapsed back against the man's chest but should be held forward so that there is a space between couple.


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