The descriptions of each figure have been written in the simplest possible manner for the novice to understand them, and this happens to be a good way for the candidate to give an oral description of the figures in a professional examination if requested.
Details of the Contrary Body Movement, Rise and Fall, the amount of turn used, and useful hints regarding guiding and amalgamations are given afterwards.
It should be noted that in all turning figures the turn should be gradual. It is only in Pivots that the full amount of turn is completed on one step.
A number of positional and directional terms are used in the descriptions, and it is essential for the reader to commit these to memory. They are shown in the accompanying diagrams.
It is most important to remember that the positions of the steps in Diagram 1 are in relation to the body only. This means that such steps always move in the same direction from the body, irrespective of the position of the dancer in the room.
Diagram 2 indicates the various positions of the body and the directions of the steps in relation to the room.
Thus, the description “RF forward, diag. to wall” would mean a step taken straight forward from the body, and in a direction diagonally to the wall.