by Joseph Baker
It is hard to over-emphasize the importance of the closed dance hold.
One connection point is the leader’s left hand to the followers right hand, palm to palm in an upper-hand clasp, with the fingers and thumbs closed around his/her partner’s hand.
The next and most important connection point is the leader’s right hand on the follower’s back. The follower should position herself/himself so as to ensure that this connection point is maintained.
The third connection point is the follower’s left hand and forearm on the leader’s upper arm.
The final connection point is the body contact. The right half of the leader’s front is in contact with the right half of the follower’s front. The connection begins at the upper thighs and should continue through the diaphragm.