by Joseph Baker
In swing dancing and in many Latin Dance figures, the connection is often with a single handhold. this connection needs to have rock solid integrity. The follower should cup her/his hand so as to provide a strong, full-hand connection versus trying to effect connection only at her/his fingertips. In competition dancing, a momentary loss of connection can spell disaster.
Competitive west coast swing dancers know the importance of this connection very well, as their dance requires an exceptional sense of connection and timing. In fact, it’s miraculous that their ability to communicate so much through a single handhold connection.