2.1 On Hand Tone

In an Open hold, don't squeeze your partner's hands or crush her with your thumb.

Followers, a firm squeeze of your my partner's hand , arm or right shoulder can be used as a collision warning if he's about to back into someone else.

In any hand hold, partners should not grip one another tightly - The _general_ idea that I like the best for describing hand contact while dancing is to imagine that you are washing each other's hands. If I dance with a woman who hangs too much from me, or uses her thumb to grip me, I'll release all hold, put my hands on top of hers, and use only the skin friction to lead. I can do pushes and left and right passes this way without ever giving her the opportunity to apply the grip of death, if you know what I mean. The next-to-worst injuries I've received while dancing (the worst being stepped on with high heels) have been the results of tight grips... like a grip upon my thumb while my partner was trying to spin. Uh, my thumb - he don't revolve! Ever have a partner clamp down on your upper arm in closed dance position like she was as if hanging on for dear life or trying to pinch it off? Owww!!! It's hard to smile when you're wearing a tourniquet...

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