Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Taking Hands With Relative Movement

Taking hands with relative movement covers those situations in which the Dancers Take hands while Passing each other as, for example, in a Turn or Grand chain. Hands should first be grasped as though shaking hands; the joined hands should then be raised to shoulder height of the shorter person on the approach and released from that level after the Dancers Pass.

As the Hold progresses, the first rule of Palm Position should be applied, especially between a Man and a Lady, and Eye contact, at least briefly, is important while the hands are raised. To allow the joined hands to drop Below shoulder height before releasing is uncomfortable and looks ugly.

Exceptions to this rule are covered under Holds, notably Arch hold.

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Taking Hands With Relative Movement

Take Hands Video Clip

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