The general meaning of the word Alignment has been given in the section on Definitions of Technical Terms on page 30.

In the revised technique Alignment is assumed to refer to the position or direction the feet are pointing in relation to the room.

The alignment of each step is made clear in the descriptions or diagrams of each figure, and has not been given in detail in the technical notes following each description.

Students should note that three terms are used in connection with alignment. They are Facing, Backing, and Pointing. Facing and Backing are self-explanatory. Pointing is used on side steps when the foot is pointing in a direction different from the way the body is facing. The following example will help students to understand these terms:
教師試験の受験生は、アラインメントに関連して3つの用語が使用されていることに注意する必要がある。 それらは、「面して」、「背面して」、そして「向けて」である。「面して」と「背面して」は一目瞭然である。 「向けて」は、足がボディの向きとは異なる方向を向いている場合に、サイドステップで使用される
。 次の例は、受験生がこれらの用語を理解するのに役立つ。

Natural Turn (Waltz), Man – Alignment

      1. Facing diag. to wall.
      2. Backing diag. to centre.
      3. Backing LOD.
      4. Backing LOD.
      5. Pointing diag. to centre.
      6. Facing diag. to centre.

Pointing is used on step 5 because the RF is pointing diag. to centre while the body is facing centre.

Pointing is also used in some Promenade steps to give a clearer picture of the position of the foot.