The Couple Take Both hands as for Promenade hold and, leaving the left hands unchanged, raise the right hands over the Lady's head Finishing with the right hands just Above her shoulder; it is most important that the Man's right arm should not rest on her shoulder. This is similar to the "Shadow Hold" in Ballroom Dancing though the Lady should be beside her Partner in Allemande hold, not slightly in front of him. The diagram shows an approximate plan view of the arms.
It is tempting for the Man to lead (in the Ballroom Dancing sense of guiding his partner) with the right hand and, indeed, it may be helpful to do just that when the Lady is a Beginner in order to establish the rhythm of some of the more staccato movements. However, the formal rule is to guide with the left hand.
This Hold is an essential part of Allemande (see under Complex figures) and is occasionally used in some other Figures, such as Chase.