Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Taking Hands With Relative Movement

Taking hands with relative movement is where the dancers are passing each other, and is relative movement as, for example, in a 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 as the dancers pass.

In Scottish Country Dancing the first rule of Palm Position should be applied 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.

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