The shaking hands grip

ron.mackey

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> [page 3.7:] "The general rule is that Hands are given at shoulder height,
> with elbows down. There is no definitive rule about who gives hands to whom
> and how, but it is generally accepted that a man gives his hand to a woman,
> with the palm upwards. ..."
>
> This notion is not new in the Manual. I found it in my revisions of "Won't
> You Join the Dance" back to 1976. It does not appear in its predecessor
> "Introduction to SCD" 1968 and 1973.
>
> To me, it is exceedingly poor practice for anyone to offer palm upward to
> form a shaking hands grip. I teach both dancers to raise the arms from
> their sides with the palms facing the floor, turning them only slightly
> toward each other to form the shaking hands grip. An upward facing palm is
> an invitation to the dreaded and dangerous thumb grip.

Hi, Oberdan
I have it in my bones from years past, though I have no authority
for it, that you give the 'shake hands' grip when passing or
turning and the 'palm up' when alongside or moving in the same
direction. If the thumb is pressed firmly to the side of the palm
there is little danger of the thumb grip.
Although the hand should be firm and supportive there should be as
little pressure as possible as that would be unnecessary and bad
mannered. The lady should always be able to remove her hand as
required ! (the same should apply to dancing couple in hands
across)
It is often taught that the grip should be firm, but again Iwas
taught that it should only be 'as firm as necessary'. If, in later
years, the hands become tender due to arthritis or such it is very
unpleasant, indeed downright painful, to be grasped when all that is
required is that contact be made.
One other, seemingly obvious, point, the given hand should always
be accompanied by a smile !

Cheers, Ron :)

< 0 Ron Mackey,(Purveyor of Pat's Party Pieces)
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