by Joseph Baker
Most folks have slow danced long before becoming involved in ballroom dancing. The slow dance hold, where the partners have their heads together, is the opposite of what is required for ballroom dancing.
In ballroom dancing, a very large space is created between the heads of the partners and this is necessary for effecting turning patterns such as pivot turns. In ballroom smooth dancing, to help create this space, the follower must stay positioned against the leader’s right hand by stretching upward, outward and leftward into the leader’s right hand. Again, this ice cream cone shaped paring – or big top – is necessary for effecting turning figures such as pivoting actions.