As I try to memorize and internalize the approximately 125 International Standard bronze-silver-gold figures (mostly according to ISTD syllabi), I get frustrated how so many seem to be presented almost randomly. I learn better and faster by comparison-contrast. In the deep history of this amazing dance style, I can't imagine there aren't some great texts, web sites, or other resources that have identified and explained figure groupings and specifically how elements of certain basic figures are combined into other more advanced figures. I could try to figure this all out myself, but why, if it's already done well elsewhere? This idea was reinforced in a dancecentral blog comment: For months I've been asking quite a number of teachers and experienced competitors for suggestions, to no avail. Occasionally, in a good group class, an instructor has selected 2-3 similar figures (e.g., several whisks) and taught them comparatively. In my crazy head, teaching by concept ought to be the rule, not the exception. I don't want to memorize recipes. I want to systematically learn how to cook, understand my craft, and become a chef. I'd also like to study a well done work or works, that I can refer to again and again. That would be far preferable to classes or private lessons where my memory vaporizes too quickly, or I miss the details I wasn't ready for at the time or distractions get in the way. Your suggestions, please! Thanks in advance. (My apologies if this topic was already addressed elsewhere. My searches were unsuccessful.) What are the good conceptual resources for figures and technique, and why are they good? Where do I get them?