Lesson 13 | Handshake Holds

Lesson 13 | Handshake Holds

A hold is synonymous with how you connect with your partner.  Generally, we do the same sided connection when we dance. The handshake holds are the introduction to cross-handed connection, presenting all-new, and entertaining, opportunities to play with.   Exercise 1...
Lesson 14 | Backstop

Lesson 14 | Backstop

When you spin your partner, instead of naturally letting them finish their spin, you catch them in the back to slow them down.  This is called a backstop but technically it’s more of a back catch because your movement’s inertia is never really stopped,...
Lesson 15 | Cuddle

Lesson 15 | Cuddle

Roll your partner in, hip to hip, find their eyes, and you are a cuddling. Start by building your natural partnership movement, then roll your partner into your arms in the cuddle promenade position.  From there you can groovy on down or rewind them back out to facing...
Lesson 16 | Sweetheart

Lesson 16 | Sweetheart

Handshake your partner, then roll them in for a little sweetheart action. Start by building your natural partnership movement and with a single or double handshake hold, swing your partner into your elbow pocket.  From there you can move and groove, or rewind back...
Lesson 17 | Hammerlock

Lesson 17 | Hammerlock

The hammerlock is just as it sounds, your arm twisted behind your back, straight out of a wrestling scene.  Though when we hammerlock in dance we hammerlock with love love love. Hammerlock is a vulnerable position, so more important than ever we use movement to invite...
Lesson 18 | See-You-Later

Lesson 18 | See-You-Later

You put your partner in a nice cuddle or sweetheart position, and then whoosh!  See. Them. Later. First, get started with movement and lead your partner into a cuddle or sweetheart positions, then tilt and dip them right under your arms.  As a lead, use your sight,...