A: Hi! So, today we're going to discuss embraces and how to maintain space between you and your partner.
B: Let's take a look at the close embrace. You walk towards your partner, making sure that you step in between her feet. You offer your arm-
A: And I will connect with him palm to palm.
B: Make sure that you're not tight, you're just embracing. Here you're going to embrace around her waist or the mid part of her back.
A: I will do the same.
B: And we both lean forward a tiny bit toward each other, making the chest connect.
A: By shifting weight to the balls of your feet.
B: Let's take a look at this from this angle; step towards her, you offer your hand-
A: Palm to palm-
B: Embrace around the waist-
A: I'll connect my palm to his scapula.
B: And then our chests meet. Let's take a look at the open embrace. It's pretty much the same thing; you walk towards your partner, you offer your hand, embrace around, but this time we keep a little more space between each other.
A: The connection stays the same. So, you're going to be embracing circularly around your partner, creating a palm to palm feeling and elbows are just slightly relaxed.
B: You want to maintain a type of resistance, not very strong, but you want to feel a type of resistance so that when you're dancing or moving around you don't collapse into each other. Something like this.
A: So, make sure that you maintain the frame by just creating some pressure around your partner's back.
B: This is true for the ladies as well; if you have spaghetti arms, then this becomes difficult when you dance.