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Introduction: A Newcomer level move. Often preceded by a New Yorker.
Frame: Latin. Count: 4 beats. Continues form Basic, so start on the 2nd beat. Usage: Rumba, Cha-Cha.
Leaders and Followers: The exact same moves, simply mirrored.

Instructions (Leader Perspective)
Normally, you've just finished a New Yorker. From there, if you wanted to do another New Yorker, you would simply proceed. But with hand-to-hand, you come back from your spin exactly into Hand-hold Position, but with one exception. The arm that was up-and-out? That arm's hand is now "hand-to-hand" with your partner's. Your elbow is bent at 90 degrees, and there is a certain "tension" in the hands. You push your hand, your partner pushes her hand, and the two opposing forces help to form a hinge. In addition, the hand position also signals your partner that you are wanting to do hand-to-hand.
Lower Body: Feet shoulders-width apart. You should be parallel to the follower. Weight evenly distributed.

2. Pivoting on your right foot, you spin backwards. To help you spin more quickly, push your partner's hand with your left hand. Timed correctly, the two of you will spin more easily. Going into backwards lock position, your weight should be on your back foot. Your "out" (left) arm, unlike in the New Yorker, is parallel to the ground. With regard to your right arm, see New Yorker for how to position it.
3. Rock forward onto your right foot. Get ready to spin back.
4. Pivoting on your right leg again, pivot back into Hand-hold Position. Weight is still on your right leg.
1. During the transition between Beat 4 and 1, shift your weight from your right leg to your left.

To complete another Hand-to-hand, simply do the steps above, but with the opposite arms/legs. Note: The hand-to-hand position occurs only the first time. Should you do any more hand-to-hands, you simply do it from Hand-hold Position.

Instructions (Follower Perspective)
With regards to Hand-hold Position, simply let the leader bring your arms down. Otherwise, your moves are the exactly the same as the leader's, only reversed.

Tips and Tricks
  • Hand-hold Position. In this position, there's a certain tension between the hands. That is, the follower's hand should not be limp and loose. Rather, it should be applying a forward force. This force is consequently balanced by the leader's hand. The result: No motion occurs because the forces cancel, but it's MUCH easier to spin now.
  • Spiderman. What position should your fingers take? Like in New Yorker, do whatever you want, so long it looks good. But if you're stuck, do Spiderman! Like the UT LongHorn sign, but with your thumb sticking out.
  • Twirl. Regarding that not-holding-the-hand arm again, when bringing it from Hand-hold Position to its final position, don't just go directly from point A to point B like your arm's a bat that won't bend. Rather, bend at your elbow. For your right arm, do a full revolution of vertical counter-clockwise motion. For the left arm, do a full revolution of vertical clockwise motion.
  • Mirroring. The most critical aspect of the Hand-to-hand is that you match your partner. That means, you're symmetrical. Your arms should be of the same angle of elevation (if your heights are very different, then that's just something you work past). Your holding hands should be directly in the line of symmetry, not shifted in favor of the leader or follower.
  • Spin. Spin quickly. For maximum efficiency, use your right leg as a pivot.

Advanced Concepts
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