For Folk Dance Descriptions
Compiled by Dick Oakes
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These are some of the standardized abbreviations used in folk dance descriptions.
& a secondary ct between two major cts, as in "1-&-2" beg beginning bt, bts beat, beats bwd backward CCW counter-clockwise, often meaning turning that direction in place (see LOD) cir circle, circles COH center of hall cpl, cpls couple, couples ct, cts count, counts ctr center CW clockwise, often meaning turning that direction in place (see RLOD) diag diagonal, diagonally dir direction dn down fig, Fig figure, Figure ft foot, feet ftwk footwork fwd forward L left (side, dir, ft, arm, hand, etc.) LOD line of direction around the floor, counter-clockwise M man, man's, men, men's meas measure, measures opp opposite orig original pos position prev previous ptr, ptrs partner, partners R right (side, dir, ft, arm, hand, etc.) RLOD reverse line of direction around the floor, clockwise shldr, shldrs shoulder, shoulders swd sideward twd toward uh bt between a major ct and a secondary ct, as in Lawrence Welk's "uh-1-&-uh-2" var variation, variations W woman, woman's, women, women's wt weight