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Hand to Hand

Rumba Hand To Hand

This is a Newcomer Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of dance steps; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

See Cha Cha Cha Hand to Hand footwork.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
LF back in RSP
1/4 to L, then step LF
This is Hand to Hand to Right Side Position.
* Start rotating shoulders at the end of previous "1".
* The 1/4 turn happens at the end of preceding step "&".
Preceding "&": Man would lower the hand.
2
3
Transfer weight to RF

on "&" turn 1/4 to R
3
4  1
LF to side (after 1/4 to R)
1/4 to R over 3-5
(Hand-toHand to RSP could end in Open PP.)
4
2
RF back in LSP
1/4 to R (on preceding &)
This is Hand to Hand to Left Side Position.
5
3
Transfer weight to LF


6
4 1
RF to side
1/4 to L (preceding &) over 3-5
Hand-to-Hand to LSP could end in Open CPP.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back in RSP (after 1/4 to R)
1/4 to R
This is Hand to Hand to Right Side Position.
The 1/4 turn happens at the end of preceding step "&".
Preceding "&": shift weight completely, lower the hand (change of body design), Bound rotation. Use the pressure on RF. Use Forward Walk Turn action to turn R. (There is pressure in ball of back foot RF, create turning action.)
Weight fully committed on back feet. No check step when it's changing from backward movement to forward
Keep arm at shoulder level.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF

"&" turn 1/4 to L
3
4  1
RF to side (after 1/4 to L)
1/4 to L over 3-5
(Hand-to-Hand to RSP could end in Open PP.)
The end "&": cork crew rotation to L.
Variation: end of count "3" do not turn and do 1/2 turn at end of count "1", sharper.
4
2
LF back in LSP
1/4 to L
This is Hand to Hand to Left Side Position.
Important to release foot ahead of spine.
5
3
Transfer weight to RF


6
4 1
LF to side
1/4 to R over 3-5
Hand-to-Hand to LSP could end in Open CPP.

  • Commence in Closed Position. R to L hand hold.
  • It appears sharper if step 3 is danced fwd, then turn to end to side, facing partner.
  • Hand To Hand RSP:
    • may end in Open PP (1/8 over 2 & 3)
    • RSP could be retained, making no turn over 2 &3 and taking step 3 fwd to follow with Progressive Walks Forward.
    • More advanced: step 3 may be taken fwd in line with RF, then turn 1/2 to R to end LF back in LSP having rlease R to L hand hold and taken L to R hand hold. (Lady opposite.)
  • Alternative hold:
    • Can start with Normal hold. Man allow R hand to slide further around Lady's back on step 1, releasing hold with L hand.
    • Lady slide L hand naturally across Man's shoulder.
    • When following with Hand To Hand LSP, Man places L hand on Lady's back, releasing R hand hold at end of step 3, while Lady rests R hand lightly across Man's L shoulder.
    • Man's hand on Lady's back is just below her shoulder blade.

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