The first point of contact between partners is the gentleman’s left hand held out in a position which somewhat looks like he is holding a beer. The lady then takes her right hand and places her four fingers on top of the mans beer hold and thumb under his thumb. Gently closing the palms together into a hold and creating the 1st point of contact.
The forgotten point of contact. For all the ladies that have been wrestled around the floor with point of contact number 1 and probably another hand firmly grabbing at your left should blade. Also for the men that have exhausted them selves dragging a lady around the floor that just didn’t seem to want to follow. Both men and women will appreciate this forgotten point. It is simply the mans right inside wrist facing in an upright position, fingers and thumbs are held together and palm is angled to mans own body. The wrist is going to act like a shelf for the ladies left underarm. The lady places her left underarm on top of the mans wrist with good connection. The lady should not be too light or too heavy, a certain amount of connection is required.
Now that the mans wrist is in perfect position he simply lays his closed right hand onto the ladies left shoulder blade. No need to grab or hang on because Position number 2 is there to do the leading. Position number 3 will primarily be used for opening and closing of promenade position.
The lady now gets to take her left hand and place it on the mans upper right arm. By taking her thumb and middle finger and creating a very loose looking c shape she finds the small dent in the mans right upper arm which is directly below the deltoids and above the triceps. Without gripping the lady places a small amount of connection towards the man with her hand.
The fifth point of contact is not typically used for beginner dancers. We tend to use this last connection for a more intermediate to advance dancer because this is the point where we bring our bodies together. It is quite a difficult task to master moving as one unit when in such close contact. In the simplest form if you line up the ladies right shoulder to the center of the mans chest and then line up the mans right shoulder with the center on the ladies chest you will now be standing in an off center position. Now bring the bodies together and you have the 5 points of contact.
There are many other elements that go into making the perfect frame but if you stick with these basic points of contact all the other elements are just icing on the cake. Although World Championship competition level dancers look really quite different to a beginner social dancer they are still using these points of contact as a necessity to be able to lead, follow and move comfortably as a unit.
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