What is choreography? To us, it is the composition of step patterns to produce a routine that is greater than the sum of its parts. However,
we have found that technique books are focused on the steps themselves, rather than putting them together as an artistic whole. To make
the creation of choreography as simple and intuitive as possible, we have created a modular system to classify them.
Principle: Every step pattern is represented by a domino.
Application: String several step patterns together end to end.
Example No. 1: We have 3 figures we like. Now we can fill in the gaps.
Example No. 2: Replace a figure without changing the rest of the routine.
In theory, any step pattern can be replaced by another step pattern if their respective dominoes are the same. In practice, this will not
always be the case because certain figures can only be danced in specific alignments. If something doesn't work out, ask your instructor
or consult one of the Ballroom Technique Books.
Each color represents a foot that moves, or one that is about to move. However, for reasons of alignment, rotation and custom, certain step
patterns may or may not be strung together. Checking the "Precedes" and "Follows" section of the ISTD or IDTA Technique Books, asking an
instructor, or watching an annotated video are all methods that can help determine the validity of an amalgamation.
Explanation: What do the colors mean?
The domino system was designed to facilitate choreography without having to reach for a syllabus. However, for the curious minds that want to know what each color represents, here is the list: