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8. Back Pass

The Back Pass is a figure that begins in open facing position, where the man leads the lady to pass behind his back, each of them taking a half-turn to end once again in open facing position.

Starting from open facing position, the man will dance a forward chasse turning to the left, while leading the lady to pass behind his back with a side chasse turning to the right (1a2). The continue turning to take a side chasse (3a4), ending in open facing position for the rock step (1,2).

The Back Pass comes in two flavors, determined by the method used by the man to lead the lady to pass behind his back: (1) Single Hand Change, and (2) Double Hand Change, also known as Change of Hands Behind the Back.

8a. Back Pass with Single Hand Change

A Single Hand Change is the simpler of the two methods, whereby the man retracts the lowered LH-RH hold toward his right hip, placing the lady's right hand on his waist by the end of the first triple. The lady's right hand then slides around his back as she passes behind, until he picks up her hand with his right hand as they finish facing.

The man should also be aware of the position of his right arm throughout the turn. To avoid having the right arm "trapped", it should be lifted slightly so that it passes above the left forearm. Also, by reaching across the body toward the right hip, the right hand will be in a good position to pick up the lady's right hand at the end of the turn.

8b. Back Pass with Double Hand Change

For the Double Hand Change method, the man makes a hand change at the very beginning of the first chasse, while the lady is still in front of him. Beginning with a LH-RH hold, the first hand change results in a RH-RH hold. He then lowers his right arm and bends it behind his back, while also reaching the left hand behind his back on the opposite side. Another hand change is made while the lady is passing directly behind him, and they end as they began, in open facing position with a LH-RH hold.

If the couple begins the figure already having a RH-RH hold, the first hand change is not needed.


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