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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 wall (DW)
  • facing line of dance (LOD),
  • facing diagonal center (FDC),
  • facing center (FC),
  • backing diagonal wall (BDW),
  • backing LOD (BLOD),
  • backing diagonal center (BDC),
  • facing wall (FW)
See the diagram for visal 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 might also come across some fairly confusing directions, until you get used to them. The directions are DC against LOD, which is the opposite of DW, and DW against LOD, which is the opposite of DC. The alignments, and translations to the above diagrams, are:
Facing DC, Against LODIn the diagram, you are backing DW, and your next step is forward.
Backing DC, Against LODYou are facing DW, and your next step is backward.
Facing DW, Against LODYou are backing DC, and your next step is forward.
Backing DW, Against LODYou are facing DC, and your next step is backward.