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Understanding Tables and Graphs


Tables

As you glance through these pages, you will find that there are three main sections corresponding with each dance: Waltz, Fox Trot and East Coast Swing. These sections begin with a general introduction, description of the music style and then a practice lesson. Following this brief introduction are lessons which correspond to the video along with tables and graphs explaining each lesson. You will find that the tables have been broken down into 5 components: Count, Rhythm, Man's Part, Lead, and Woman's Part. The Count is a numerical representation of the order of steps in a dance pattern (e.g. 1-2-3-4). The Rhythm is a durational description of the types of steps in a dance pattern (e.g. slow, slow, quick, quick). The Man's Part directs the man in the dance pattern he is to execute. The Lead also directs the man in the guidance of his partner. The Woman's Part directs the woman in the dance pattern she is to execute.

The following is a sample table:

Count

Man's Part

Lead

Woman's Part

1

Left foot forward

Closed Position

Right foot back

2

Right foot side

Closed Position

Left foot side

3

Left foot close

Closed Position

Right foot close

4

Right foot back

Closed Position

Left foot forward

5

Left foot side

Closed Position

Right foot side

6

Right foot close

Closed Position

Left foot close

Graphs

Corresponding with each table are graphs labeled for the man and woman to follow along.

As you study the individual graphics, you will notice that the feet often have numbers written inside them. These numbers correspond with the Count on the table. For example, a foot with the numbers "1-2" written in it would mean that you are to step on that foot and hold the step for 2 counts "1-2." Each graph also designates the starting point with the words "START HERE." You will always begin with your feet together. If you run into difficulty with each dance pattern, simply turn to the video and watch Ricardo's demonstration and practice along. Take your time and have fun!

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