The music consists of beats and measures. Each beat is denoted by one comma and each measure is denoted by one colon. In 2step rhythm, we have 4 beats for one measure, and in waltz timing, we have measures of 3 beats only.Examples:
This notation consequently is used in the fine prints. For the quick cues, in most cases it is sufficient to use colons only. From the number of colons after each figure the cuer knows, how much time is needed for each figure.
In some cases, you get in trouble with this notation. Some figures e.g. need 1 1/2 measures, like the jive basic. Here you may find 2 figures, and then 3 colons.Examples:
ack: acknowledge apt: apart arnd: around beh: behind Bfly: butterfly position Bjo: banjo position bk: back bk2bk: back to back bwd: backward CBjo: contra banjo chg: change chk: check chkit: check it cl: close COH: center of hall CP: closed position CSCAR: contra sidecar dbl: double DC: diagional to center DCR: diagional to center and RLOD diag: diagonal DLC: diagonal LOD and center DLW: diagonal LOD and wall DRC: diagonal RLOD and center DRW: diagonal RLOD and wall DW: diagonal to wall fc: face fcg: facing fc2fc: face to face ft: foot or feet (depends on context) fwd: forward hnd: hand L: left LF: left face (turn) lk: lock LOD: line of dance LOP: left open position M: man (boy) man: manuver (less common, but still used) Manuv: maneuver mod: modified mom: momentary NY: new york OP: open position piv: pivot PP: promenade positoin prog: progressive pt: point ptr: partner PU: pick up position q: quick R: right rec: recover rev: reverse RF: right face (turn) rk: rock RLOD: reverse line of dance s: slow SCAR: sidecar position SCP: semi closed position scis: scissors sd: side std: standard stp: step tam: tamara tam bk: tamara back tch: touch trans: transition trav box: travelling box trn: turn tog: together Vars: varsovienne position vn: vine W: woman (lady) wk: walk X: cross X body: cross body XIB: cross in back (or cross behind) XIF: cross in front