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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

Hammerlock (HL)

Variations Description Symbol Thumbnail
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Left HL for the lady The dancers are facing each other; the lady has her left arm bent behind her back and the right arm stretched out away from the body. The man holds the lady's left with his right and the lady's right with his left (a normal hold)
*N*
M → ← L
 
 
HL(Left)
Right HL for the lady The dancers are facing each other; the lady has her right arm bent behind her back and the left arm stretched out away from the body. The man holds the lady's right with his left and the lady's left with his right (a normal hold)
*N*
M → ← L
 
 
HL(Right)
Reverse left HL for the lady This position is similar to the 'Left HL for the lady', however the dancers are in a crossed hold: right to right and left to left
*C*
M → ← L
 
 
HL(Left)
Reverse right HL for the lady This position is similar to the 'Right HL for the lady', however the dancers are in a crossed hold: right to right and left to left
*C*
M → ← L
 
 
HL(Right)
Left HL for the man The dancers are facing each other; the man has his left arm bent behind his back and his right arm stretched out away from the body. The lady holds the man's left with her right and the man's right with her left (a normal hold)
*N*
M → ← L
HL(left)
 
Right HL for the man The dancers are facing each other; the man has his right arm bent behind his back and the left arm stretched out away from the body. The lady holds the man's right with her left and the man's left with her right (a normal hold)
*N*
M → ← L
HL(Right)
 
 
Reverse left HL for the man This position is similar to the 'Left HL for the man', however the dancers are in a crossed hold: right to right and left to left
*C*
M → ← L
HL(Left)
 
 
Reverse right HL for the man This position is similar to the 'Right HL for the man', however the dancers are in a crossed hold: right to right and left to left.
*C*
M → ← L
HL(Right)
 
 

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