Closed Position (Latin)
The Closed Position in the Latin dances is the most basic and common
position used to move around the dance floor.
Man and lady stand directly in front of each other, a few inches apart.
Tone is maintained through the arms, and body weight is held forward
towards the balls of the feet.
1. Man's left hand to lady's right hand. Palm to palm in an upper-hand
clasp, with fingers and thumbs closed around partner's hand.
2. Man's right hand on lady's back. Right hand is loosely cupped with
fingers and thumb together (not spread apart). Hand connects to her
back on her shoulder blade. His wrist should make contact with her
underarm at the junction of her arm and body.
3. Lady's left arm and hand to man's right arm and shoulder. She may
connect on top of his arm, or slightly around the outside. For best
results, contact should be maintained throughout the entire arm.