[Vocabulary] twirling versus spinning

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Is there a difference between twirling and spinning if we are talking about dancing?
 

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There may be some technical differences to professional dancers, but I think for most lay people the two terms are interchangeable, in terms of the movements involved.

The main difference to me is the speed of rotation - 'spinning' implies a faster, more agitated rotation than 'twirling', which is smoother and gentler.
 

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Another rotating dance step, requiring a couple, is a swing. It appears in every American square dance.
 
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