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Holds Directions Actions Positions

Normal closed hold

Normal open holds

Crossed holds

Facing the line of dance

Facing perpendicular to the line of dance

Change of a hand hold, Change of directions
Cross body lead, Turns, Duck, Check
Copa or 'In and Out', Hand drop, Hand throw
Natural top, Walks
Hammerlock
Half hammerlock or Broken arm
Embrace, Arm loop, Sombrero
Arm lock or Arm hook

Facing along the line of dance

Variations Description Symbol Thumbnail
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Facing each other The dancers are facing each other and are positioned along the line of dance. M → ← L or L → ← M
Facing the same direction with the lady in front The dancers are facing the same direction along the line of dance. The lady is positioned in front of the man. This is also called a shadow position. M → → L or L ← ← M
Facing the same direction with the man in front The dancers are facing the same direction along the line of dance. The man is positioned in front of the lady. This is also called a shadow position. L → → M or M ← ← L
Facing the opposite direction (back to back) The dancers are facing the opposite direction (back to back) along the line of dance. M ← → L or L ← → M
Facing the same direction, side to side The dancers are facing the same direction and the lady is positioned either on the right or on the left side of the man (side to side).

M ←

L ←


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