5 Connection points

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by chomsky, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    You guys, can you help me with this? I have been looking on the internet with no success. What are the 5 connection points in international standard (Slow Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Walt) and international latin ChaCha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, Mambo? or is my question not pertinent?
  2. UKDancer

    UKDancer Well-Known Member

    Ballroom:
    1. Man's LH clasping Lady's RH
    2. Man's RH on Lady's L Shoulderblade
    3. Lady's L Arm resting (very) gently on Man's R Arm near his wrist.
    4. Lady's LH resting gently at the top of Man's R Arm
    5. Body contact between the waist & hips
    Slight adjustments made for the more compact hold of Tango, but above applies to all the swing dances.

    Latin holds are more 'open', so there is usually no body contact - so one of the '5 points' is lost - and, of course, there may be no contact at all ...
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  3. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    Thanks a thousand!!!!!!:inlove:
  4. dlliba10

    dlliba10 Well-Known Member

    Respectfully disagree! The five connection points of Latin:
    1. Man's LH clasping Lady's RH
    2. Man's RH on Lady's L Shoulderblade
    3. Lady's L Arm resting (very) gently on Man's R Arm near his wrist.
    4. Lady's LH resting gently at the top of Man's R Arm
    5. Visual connection! (At least in closed hold.)
  5. Mengu

    Mengu Active Member

    I think they are actually called the 5 points of contact (not connection).

    Connection (as a word), has more meanings (or perhaps I should say implications) than just contact, and we can throw in a lot more connection concepts for all dances.
  6. UKDancer

    UKDancer Well-Known Member

    No, we don't disagree, but without doubt, the physical contact around the centre is lost. Eye contact is usually very important in Latin dancing, and that, together with shaping leads, is often all you've got.
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  7. clumsy fellow

    clumsy fellow Active Member

    Agree, 5 points of contact, not connection...

    UK Dancer, I would just expand the center contact point to an area; lower rib cage to mid-thigh.
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  8. dlliba10

    dlliba10 Well-Known Member

    Point taken and completely agreed.
  9. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    thanks for sharing!!!!I'll try to remember all this!!!
  10. jwlinson

    jwlinson Member

    I was told the order of the 5 points are:

    1. Man's LH and lady's RH
    2. Body contact
    3. Lady's L arm on man's R arm
    4. Man's RH at lady's L shoulderblade
    5. Lady's LH on top of man's R arm (adjusted to back for tango)

    This from a judge, who said the order mattered.
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  11. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    Hmmm.....now there's some food for thought.
  12. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Agreed with that set of five. However, if the order matters, your 3. and 4. should be switched.
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  13. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I've been trying to convince someone that she needs to wait to connect to the man with her left arm *after* he has gone through the other steps.
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  14. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    wow, you guys, now you made me think of thihgs I never thought of before this. thanks!

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