If you thought ballet terminology was confusing, watch an episode of "Dancing With The Stars."

Quite frequently on the competition show, where celebrities are paired with pros to battle it out on the dance floor, there's vocabulary that people without dance training may have never heard before.

Sure the Jive and the Cha-Cha are seemingly familiar concepts in American pop culture, but what about the Paso Doble and Viennese Waltz? And what the heck makes the Viennese Waltz different than the Waltz, really?

Well, we went straight to the source and asked professional dancer Lindsay Arnold, who is partnered with the first MLB player for 'DWTS' Season 24, what makes each style so special.

"The crazy thing is, there's so many dance styles because there's so many ways to move," Arnold told Dance.com. "The dance styles we do on 'Dancing With The Stars' are typically ones you compete. The ones we compete are usually evolved from other dance styles that people did."

But, it takes a true professional to understand the nuances and intricacies of these styles of dance, and it's challenging at times for even someone like Arnold to dabble in new ones.

"There's so many different ways of movement and it's totally fun to learn and explore new movement," she said.

So, here's your handy guide to the variety of styles that are performed on "DWTS" — and feel free to work these into conversations during viewing parties.

First, we had to ask Lindsay what her favorite is!

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Arnold: "My favorite dances are Paso Doble and the Argentine Tango. It's funny because I'm not a super intense person in regular life, but when it comes to dancing, I really like showing the aggression and the passion behind it. That's not something that I don't necessarily release on a daily basis. It's nice to let that inner passion out when I'm dancing."


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"Salsa is very rhythmic and it's very cheeky. It's mostly a flirty dance. I mean you think Salsa clubs. It's kind of freestyle. There is technique to it but it's more about having fun and getting down and dirty with it. It's a very saucy dance."


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Arnold: "Mambo is similar to Salsa in the fact that it's not freestyle, but it sort of should feel like freestyle. It's very free in your movement. You're having fun with it, a lot of personality and definitely upbeat as well."

Argentine Tango and Tango

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Arnold: "Argentine Tango is my favorite. It's very similar to Tango in the fact that you have those sharp, strong movements but the difference is Argentine Tango you can do lifts. I love to do super intense lifts and sometimes just more smaller, moody lifts. It's very similar to Tango in that fact that it is quick, sharp, fast movements."

Charleston and West Coast Swing

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Arnold: "Charleston is one of my faves. When I think Charleston, I think of huge swing 1920's kind of party. It's very upbeat and energetic. It's very loose. All the movement is very loose but at the same time you have to have a lot of control to do it. It's very energetic, upbeat. A lot of footwork and it's usually very fast-paced. West Coast Swing is a smoother version of the Charleston."

Viennese Waltz and Waltz

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Arnold: "They're the same in the fact that they're all three-count dance. You use three count bars. Instead of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, you count 1-2-3-4-5-6. 1, 2, 3, 2, 2, 3. It's all counted in threes. But Waltz has a wide range of technical steps you can do. Viennese Waltz is different. There's only four technical steps that you do in the Viennese Waltz and you repeat them. Viennese Waltz is something that you'd see at a ball in a movie. When you see an old movie and they're at a ball and they're all twirling around in a circle around the dance floor, that's Viennese Waltz."


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Arnold: "Samba is very fun. That's one's very rhythmic. It's the only Latin dance where bent knees are accepted. You are supposed to be into the ground and when you take steps, you'e actually stepping onto a bent leg, which is extremely awkward and so hard to teach. But it really creates that rhythm and the bounce. There's a lot of bounce in Samba."

Paso Doble

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Arnold: "Paso Doble is one of my faves. Paso Doble is all about power and intensity. Also, your body is basically making shapes. Basically when you're doing the Paso Doble, the male is matador and the woman is the bull. The male has the cape and is creating shapes for his partner and the girl is kind creating those shapes with the partner as well."


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Arnold: "Rumba is slow and intimate. That's the dance we call the dance of love. It's very passionate but it's slower movements and it's very smooth and soft. And it's usually very sensual."


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Arnold: "Foxtrot is danced in frame. Dancing is done in a frame hold which is where the girl and the guy are very close together. I like the Foxtrot. It's very light and feathery. It's very light on the feet, not too quick — it's about medium-paced — and there's a lot of rise and fall. So basically transferring movements from up on your toes down into your feet but not bouncing. It's all smooth. Think of like ocean waves, that's kind of the way you're moving in Foxtrot."


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Arnold: "Cha cha is also a Latin dance. We call that the flirtatious dance. It's very much like girl trying to get guy then guy trying to get girl. It's supposed to be very flirtatious in your energy throughout the dance."


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Arnold: "Quickstep is dancing in frame. It's pretty self explanatory. It's Quick. Step. And that is so true. It's very, very fast and there's a lot of steps in it. I don't want to say hopping around but there's a lot of jumping sort of movement in Quickstep."


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Arnold: "Jive is a Latin dance that you usually dance side-by-side. There's a little bit of of partner work as well. But lots of flicks and kicks of the feet. So it's kind of footwork and a lot of energy. Very high energy, quick, sharp and fast. "

Jitterbug and Lindy Hop

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Arnold: "Jitterbug and Lindy Hop are actually what started the Jive. So you think back to our grandmas and grandpas talking about the Jitterbug. That was the early styles of the Jive which eventually involved into the competitive version of Jive, where we learned technique and actual steps that you have to do with competing. But the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop all started from the same era but evolved into different versions. Jitterbug is high energy and fun. Linda Hop is a lot of tricks and flips."