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Alignment Diagram

To help facilitate dancing around the ballroom without collision, each couple travels counter-clockwise and has their own line of dance (LOD), with the outer wall of the room on the leader's right. When a leader is facing LOD, the follower is backing LOD.

From facing wall, when a dancer turns to his/her left 45 degrees each time, s/he is said to be:
  • Facing Wall (FW)
  • Diagonal wWll (DW)
  • Facing Line Of Dance (LOD),
  • Facing Diagonal Center (FDC or DC),
  • Facing Center (FC),
  • Backing Diagonal Wall (BDW),
  • Backing Line Of Dance (BLOD),
  • Backing Diagonal Center (BDC),
  • Facing Wall (FW)
See the diagram for visual representation.

When a dance pattern refers to alignment directions, unless otherwise stated, the direction given is from the leader's perspective.

Sometimes a pattern will give an alignment of "pointing" rather than "facing" some alignment. This means that foot being placed points in that direction, but the body does not (yet). For example, PDW (pointing diagonal wall) versus FDW (facing diagonal wall).

In the course of reviewing figure descriptions, you will see terms like "... Against LOD" which could be confusing, until you get used to them.  "... Against LOD" will be used when the movement will be against the typical direction moving around the room counter clockwise. It is moving "backward" against the flow. Center of the room and the wall remain where they are. "Against LOD" will be the opposite of the LOD direction. Here are more descriptions of the terms used with "Against LOD".

Facing DC, Against LOD You are backing DW, and your next step is forward.
Backing DC, Against LOD You are facing DW, and your next step is backward.
Facing DW, Against LOD You are backing DC, and your next step is forward.
Backing DW, Against LOD You are facing DC, and your next step is backward.