Open Facing Position
Open Facing is any position where partners stand facing each other,
apart but within arms reach. Lead and follow is achieved through the
use of various hand connections, such as the two-hand hold as shown
in the picture.
Man and lady stand directly in front of each other, within arms'
reach. Tone is maintained through the arms, and body weight is held
forward towards the balls of the feet.
There are many possibilities of contact points, but the most common
are the hands. Shown above is the two-hand hold, where the man's left
hand holds the lady's right hand, and his right hand holds her left.
His palms are turned upward, and hers are turned downward.
Other possibilities include a one-hand hold such as man's left to
lady's right or man's right to lady's left, a "cross-hand"
or "handshake hold" such as man's right to lady's right or
man's left to lady's left.