Syllabus

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A) Technique

The latest edition of the following technique books are the base for restricted syllabus:

  • Technique of Latin Dancing by Walter Laird (IDTA)
  • Technique of Latin Dancing - SUPPLEMENT by Walter Laird (IDTA - first edition 1997)
  • The revised Technique of Latin American Dancing (ISTD)
  • The revised Technique by Alex Moore
  • The Ballroom Technique by the Imperial Society (ISTD)
  • Technique of Ballroom Dancing by Guy Howard (IDTA)

As a base for all Latin American Figures the technique and principles explained in Technique of Latin Dancing by Walter Laird are recommended.

B) Figures

Any figures including notes, special notes and amalgamations are allowed except those figures listed in Section E Standard Dances.

C) Alignments, Positions, Amount of Turns

Alignments, commencing and ending positions and amount of turns have to be danced as described in the charts or notes. It is not allowed to dance only parts of the figures unless otherwise stated in the technique book.

D) Precedes and Follows

As precedes and follows any connections are allowed, as long as they follow the above mentioned rules (alignment, amount of turn, commencing and ending positions).

E) Standard Dances

Waltz

All the specified figures including:

  • Open Natural Turn from PP (as an independent figure)

except:

  • Contra Check
  • Left Whisk

Tango

All the specified figures except:

  • Oversway
  • Contra Check

Quickstep

Including:

  • Open Natural Turn from PP (as an independent figure)
  • Running finish may be ended in PP

Viennese Waltz

Specified figures:

  • Natural Turn
  • Reverse Turn
  • Change from Natural to Reverse Turn forward or backward
  • Change from Reverse to Natural Turn forward or backward

F) Latin American Dances

Holds

Permissible holds are as described in the technique books.

Free arms should be used naturally.

The duration of figures which are allowed to be danced without hold can be four bars in Cha-Cha-Cha and four bars in Samba, not counting the foot changes.

Guapacha timing in Cha-Cha-Cha

Syllabus figures that lend themselves to the use of Guapacha timing are:

  • Close and Closed Basic
  • Cross Basic
  • Time step
  • Check from Open CPP and Open PP
  • Turkish Towel
  • Fan

List of Figures in Standard

Waltz

  • Closed change R to L
  • Closed change L to R
  • Natural Turn
  • Open / Passing / Natural Turn
  • Reverse Turn
  • Whisk
  • Back Whisk
  • Fallaway Whisk
  • Natural Spin Turn
  • Quick Natural Spin Turn
  • Running Natural Spin Turn
  • Chasse From Pp
  • Progressive Chasse to R
  • Hesitation Change
  • Basic Weave
  • Weave From Pp
  • Outside Change
  • Double Reverse Spin
  • Telemark
  • Open Telemark
  • Impetus Turn
  • Open Impetus Turn
  • Wing
  • Closed Wing
  • Cross Hesitation
  • Outside Spin
  • Underturned Outside Spin
  • Backward Lock Step
  • Turning Lock to L
  • Turning Lock to R
  • Fallaway Natural Turn
  • Fallaway Reverse Slip Pivot
  • Reverse Pivot
  • Reverse Corte
  • Hover Corte
  • Drag Hesitation

Foxtrot

  • Feather Step
  • Feather Ending
  • Curved Feather
  • Curved Feather From Pp
  • Back Feather
  • Hover Feather
  • Reverse Turn
  • Feather Finish
  • Three Step
  • Curved Three Step
  • Whisk
  • Back Whisk
  • Change Of Direction
  • Open Natural Turn
  • Outside Swivel
  • Telemark
  • Open Telemark
  • Natural Turn
  • Natural Telemark
  • Hover Telemark
  • Natural Hover Telemark
  • Naturaltwist Turn
  • Natural Twist Turn With Natural Weave Ending
  • Natural Twist Turn with Closed Impetus and Feather Finish Ending
  • Natural Twist Turn with Open Impetus Ending
  • Impetus Turn
  • Open Impetus Turn
  • Reverse Wave
  • Extended Reverse Wave
  • Weave
  • Weave From Pp
  • Natural Weave
  • Quick Natural Weave From Pp (Running Weave)
  • Quick Open Reverse
  • Top Spin
  • Hover Cross
  • Reverse Pivot
  • Fallaway Reverse Slip Pivot
  • Bounce Fallaway With Weave Ending
  • Natural Zig Zag From Pp
  • Double Reverse Spin
  • Outside Spin

Quickstep

  • Quarter Turn To R
  • Quarter Turn To L
  • Forward Lock Step
  • Backward Lock Step
  • Natural Turn
  • Natural Turn With Hesitation
  • Natural Pivot Turn
  • Natural Spin Turn
  • Running Right Turn
  • Running Finish
  • Natural Turn Back Lock Step Running Finish
  • Zig Zag, Back Lock Step Running Finish
  • Progressive Chasse
  • Chasse To R
  • Tipple Chasse To R
  • Tipple Chasse To L
  • Tipsy To R
  • Tipsy To L
  • Outside Change
  • Whisk
  • Back Whisk
  • Chasse Reverse Turn
  • Quick Open Reverse
  • Reverse Pivot
  • Fallaway Reverse Slip Pivot
  • Impetus
  • Open Impetus
  • Telemark
  • Open Telemark
  • Open Natural Turn
  • Four Quick Run
  • Six Quick Run
  • Cross Chasse
  • Running Cross Chasse
  • Cross Swivel
  • Fish Tail
  • V 6
  • Change Of Direction
  • Hover Corte
  • Outside Spin
  • Rumba Cross

Tango

  • Tango Walk
  • Progressive Side Step
  • Brush Tap
  • Progressive Link
  • Alternative Entries To Pp
  • Closed Promenade
  • Open Promenade
  • Back Open Promenade
  • Fallaway Promenade
  • Natural Promenade Turn 
  • Natural Promenade Turn Into Rock Turn
  • Natural Rock Turn
  • Rock On Lf
  • Rock On Rf
  • Back Corte
  • Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn
  • Four Step
  • Fallaway Four Step
  • Five Step
  • Mini Five Step
  • Basic Reverse Turn
  • Open Reverse Turn Lady In Line Closed Finish
  • Open Reverse Turn Lady Outside Open Finish
  • Four Step Change
  • Outside Swivel To L
  • Outside Swivel To R
  • Outside Swivel After 1-2 Of Reverse Turn
  • Promenade Link
  • Chase
  • Alternative Endings To Chase
  • Whisk
  • Back Whisk
  • Fallaway Reverse Slip Pivot
  • Reverse Pivot
  • Outside Spin
  • Open Telemark
  • Open Natural Turn
  • Viennese Waltz

  • Natural Turn
  • Reverse Turn
  • Change From Natural To Reverse
  • Change From Reverse To Natural

List of Figures in Latin

Cha Cha Cha

  • Close Basic
  • Open Basic
  • Basic In Place
  • Side Steps
  • Time Step
  • There And Back
  • Hand To Hand
  • Check From Open Cpp And Open Pp ( New York)
  • Shoulder To Shoulder
  • Three Cha Chas
  • Aida
  • Spot Turn To L And R
  • Switch Turn To L And R
  • Underarm Turn To L And R
  • Cuban Break In Open Position
  • Cuban Break
  • Split Cuban Break In Open Cpp
  • Split Cuban Break From Open Cpp And Open Pp
  • Fan
  • Fan Developement
  • Hockey Stick
  • Alemana
  • Turkish Towel
  • Sweetheart
  • Follow My Leader
  • Chase
  • Closed Hip Twist
  • Natural Opening Out
  • Close Hip Twist ( Advanced Hip Twist )
  • Opening Out To R
  • Close Hip Twist Spiral
  • Open Hip Twist
  • Open Hip Twist Spiral
  • Spiral
  • Curl
  • Rope Spinning
  • Cross Basic
  • Natural Top
  • Reverse Top
  • Opening Out From Reverse Top
  • Methods Of Changing Feet

Rumba

  • Basic Movement
  • Open Basic Movement
  • Alternative Basic Movement
  • Progressive Walks Fwd And Bwd
  • Side Steps
  • Cucharachas
  • Side Step And Cucharachas
  • Hand To Hand
  • Check From Open Cpp And Open Pp ( New York )
  • Shoulder To Shoulder
  • Spot Turn To R And L
  • Switch Turn To R And L
  • Underarm Turn To R And L
  • Fallaway ( Aida )
  • Cuban Rocks
  • Fencing
  • Sliding Doors
  • Three Threes
  • Fan
  • Fan Developement
  • Hockey Stick
  • Alemana
  • Three Alemanas
  • Natural Opening Out Movement
  • Advanced Opening Out Movement
  • Opening Out To R And L
  • Close Hip Twist
  • Advanced Hip Twist
  • Open Hip Twist
  • Continuous Hip Twist
  • Continuous Circular Hip Twist
  • Spiral
  • Curl
  • Rope Spinning
  • Natural Top
  • Reverse Top
  • Opening Out From Reverse Top
  • Paso Doble

  • Sur Place
  • Basic Movement
  • Chasse To R
  • Chasse To L
  • Deplacement
  • Attack
  • Drag
  • Promenade Close
  • Promenade Link
  • Promenade
  • Huit
  • Sixteen
  • La Passe
  • Banderillas
  • Spanish Line
  • Flamenco Taps
  • Separation
  • Separation With Fallaway Ending
  • Separation With Lady's Caping Walks
  • Syncopated Separation
  • Fallaway Whisk ( Ecart )
  • Fallaway Reverse
  • Open Telemark
  • Promenade To Counter Promenade
  • Grand Circle
  • Travelling Spins From Pp
  • Travelling Spins From Cpp
  • Twist Turn
  • Twists
  • Chasse Cape
  • Endings To Chasse Cape
  • Farol
  • Fregolina
  • Left Foot Variation
  • Coup De Pique
  • Coup De Pique Couplet
  • Syncopated Coup De Pique
  • Alternative Entries To Pp
  • Foot Changes

Samba

  • Rhythm Bounce
  • Natural Basic Movement
  • Reverse Basic Movement
  • Side Basic Movement
  • Progressive Basic Movement
  • Outside Basic Movement
  • Whisks To R And L
  • Promenade Samba Walk
  • Side Samba Walk
  • Stationary Samba Walk
  • Cruzados Locks In Shadow Position
  • Samba Locks In Open Pp
  • Samba Locks In Open Cpp
  • Travelling Botafogos Fwd
  • Travelling Botafogos Bwd
  • Promenade Botafogos
  • Shadow Botafogos ( Criss Cross Botafogos )
  • Same Foot Botafogos
  • Contra Botafogos
  • Simple Volta To R And L
  • Travelling Voltas To R And L ( Criss Cross )
  • Shadow Travelling Volta
  • Shadow Circular Volta
  • Continuous Volta Spot Turn To R Or L ( Maypole )
  • Volta Spot Turn To R Or L For Lady ( Underarm Volta Spot Turn )
  • Solo Volta Spot Turn To R Or L
  • Circular Voltas To R And L ( Roundabout )
  • Argentine Crosses
  • Reverse Turn
  • Rolling Off The Arm
  • Close Rocks
  • Open Rocks
  • Back Rocks
  • Corta Jaca
  • Natural Roll
  • Reverse Roll
  • Plait
  • Promenade To Counter Promenade Runs
  • Three Step Turn
  • Foot Changes

Jive

  • Basic In Place
  • Basic In Fallaway 
  • Link
  • Advanced Link ( Break)
  • Ball Change
  • Change Of Place R To L
  • Change Of Place R To L With Change Of Hands
  • Change Of Place L To R
  • Change Of Place L To R With Change Of Hands
  •  Change Of Hands Behind Back
  • Miami Special
  • Left Shoulder Shove (Hip  Bump )
  • Stop And Go
  • American Spin
  • Simple Spin
  • Shoulder Spin
  • Chugging
  • Catapult
  • Whip
  • Double Cross Whip
  • Throwaway Whip
  • Curly Whip
  • Reverse Whip
  • Fallaway Throwaway
  • Promenade Walks Slow And Quick
  • Chicken Walks
  • Windmill
  • Spanish Arms
  • Rolling Off The Arm
  • Toe Heel Swivels
  • Mooch
  • Flicks Into Break
  • Stalking Walks , Flicks And Break