academie: Pinkie Hold (was Palming)

Miriam Robinson Gould madame_sosostris at
Wed Nov 21 20:47:26 PST 2001

>Period paintings and woodcuts show people almost always holding hands
>as low as possible. Note that this means that you are pretty close to
>your partner. So if your object is to turn while staying close to your
>partner, you can just hold hands in the usual fashion. I wish more
>teachers of dance would point this out.
Speaking of period paintings... the cover of the Ebreo book shows three 
dancers holding pinkies at shoulder level, with elbows bent (so the arms are 
in a "V" shape).  The picture is identified as being an illustrating of 15th 
C dance.  Does anyone know how common this hold is?

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