THE GENTLEMAN’S HOLD FOR ALL THE MODERN BALLROOM DANCES
STAND in a perfectly natural and erect position, head naturally poised. Raise the left arm so that the hand is slightly above the level of the left shoulder: bend the arm at the elbow so as to effect a graceful and easy curve. The left hand should grasp the lady’s right hand so that it lies in his, with the palm of her hand downwards. The right hand should be just under the lady’s left shoulder-blade. Both elbows should be kept well up, without of course raising the shoulders. Remember to keep the left forearm, wrist and hand in a straight line.
Hold your partner directly in front of you, or as near to directly in front as to be compatible with your comfort. In Tango you should hold your partner slightly more on one side (on your right hip).
Steer and control your partner with your body and right hand—not with your left. The left hand is held up for balancing purposes and appearance, not for leading your partner with.
In the Tango, the left forearm is bent inwards more, so that the hand is held closer to the head. Also the right arm should be placed further round your partner so that your right hand is underneath her right shoulder-blade.
THE LADY’S HOLD FOR ALL THE MODERN BALLROOM DANCES
STAND in a perfectly natural and erect position, head naturally poised, looking over your partner’s right shoulder. Raise the right hand to the same level as your partner’s, keeping the palm of the hand downwards. The right arm should be bent slightly at the elbow. Raise the left arm and place the hand with the fingers close together, on the back of the man’s right upper-arm. Both elbows should be kept well up, without of course raising the shoulders.
Never attempt in any way to lead or guide your partner, submit yourself entirely to him. Do not lean on him or anticipate what is coming next, just follow.