Dance move
Dance moves or dance steps are the building blocks of many dance
Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting....

More complex dance moves are called dance patterns, dance figures or dance variations.
They are usually isolated, defined, and organized so that beginning dancers can learn and use them independently of each other.
Dance moves tend to emphasize the concepts of lead and follow
Lead and follow (dance)
In partner dancing, the two dance partners are never equal. One must be the Lead and the other will be the Follow.The Lead is responsible for choosing appropriate steps to suit the music , and leading the Follow by hand pressure and signals to complete the chosen steps smoothly and safely...

 and connection
Connection (dance)
Connection is essential to all partner dancing and is the primary means to communicate synchronized dance movement between the lead and follow. It is especially important in Argentine Tango, Lindy Hop, Balboa, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Contra dance, Modern Jive and other styles of...

In most cases dance moves by themselves are independent of musicality, which is the appropriateness of a move to the music (for a notable exception, see Bharatanatyam
Bharata Natyam or Chadhir Attam, is a classical dance form from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, practiced predominantly in modern times by women. The dance is usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music...

). Generally, they are memorized in sets of eight counts.

The names of moves may be somewhat arbitrary and vary from person to person and city to city. For example, in Lindy Hop
Lindy Hop
The Lindy Hop is an American social dance, from the swing dance family. It evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and '30s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based...

, circles are also called "rhythm circles" and "reverses".

Dance moves may blur into each other. For example, the Lindy Hop move swing out from close can also be thought of as a groucho to open.

Each dance emphasizes its own moves, but often moves are shared by several dances.
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