Aerial: A move where one partner is lifted by the assisting partner so that the head and torso are above the waist of the supporting partner and the lifted partner is released by the supporting partner leaving them momentarily in “mid-air”.
Breakaway: A set of symmetric or complementary movements or footwork executed by a couple who intentionally break contact (except for spins and turns), which is not a clearly lead-able derivative of a recognizable swing pattern.
Costumes: Attire which, in the opinion of the judges, is specifically designed or selected for couples competition and would not generally be worn for social dancing.
Dip: A move where a dancer’s weight is supported by the partner and the head is below the partner’s waist.
Drop: A move in which either partner’s head and torso goes below knee level of the other partner. Low leans are not considered drops.
Entrance: Pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors formally enter the floor and prepare to dance. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an entrance.
Exit: Pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors leave the floor. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an exit.
Lean: A move where the dancer’s feet are in contact with the floor. The dancer’s weight is supported by the partner with the top of his/her head not lower than the top of the support partners shoulders (relative to being the same height). The support partner’s knees are not extending in front of the support partner’s toes.
Lift: A move where the dancer is not in contact with the floor. The partner supports the dancer’s weight. Any more lasting longer than a full beat of music where the feet of one partner are clearly off the floor and the other partner supports the lifted partner’s weight.
Props: Throw away skirts, shirts, scarves, etc., are considered props in this context and are not allowed. Anything other than what would be considered acceptable clothing.
Pull: A move where the dancer is pulling the partner’s weight across the floor.
Push: A move where the dancer is pushing the partner’s weight across the floor.
Routine: Any segment, which, in the opinion of the judges, consists of prearranged choreography including symmetric or complementary movements or footwork.