academie: Pinkie Hold (was Palming)

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


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>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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