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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
Half hammerlock or Broken arm
Embrace, Arm loop, Sombrero
Arm lock or Arm hook

Copa or 'In and Out'

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Standard copa

In a crossed hold (holding one right or both hands) the dancers perform a back break. Next, the man brings the lady in and at the same time does a quarter (90 °) right turn. The lady steps in turning left by 90 °. The dancers end up facing perpendicular to the line of dance, with the man behind the lady. Next, the lady steps out along the line of dance turning left by 90 °and ends up facing the man. At the same time, the man does a quarter left turn in order to face the lady. At the end of this action, both dancers are facing each other along the line of dance.

M → ← L
Copa with the lady's left (inside) turn The lady steps in and while she is stepping out the man leads her into one or more inside left turns.
M → ← L


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