No, I don't do slow swings (unless my partner wants to go
slowly, or I have to go into self-defense mode!).
Impressive maths - but I think the calculations are a little
more complex. :-)
Sharing the (small) load might be worthwhile. But there are
still these challenges:
- Some ladies can't comfortably reach the man's shoulder-blade
- Any other hand position is likely to generate gripping if she is
trying to share the load
- Her hand behind the shoulder-blade makes clockwise exits more
- Most ladies who reach around to my shoulder-blade tend to push in with
their hand (maybe because they are having trouble reaching it) which is
I find swinging with a partner who relaxes their left hand
onto the front of my arm FAR more pleasurable.
Because the ballroom hold is asymmetrical there can't be a
50-50 share in the connection. Of course if you do a Northumberland
swing, a ceilidh swing, a Galway swing, a sweetheart swing, a hornpipe
swing, etc. then you do have symmetry and then you can share the load.
But I have never noticed much difference in the load when I do those
swings as compared to a ballroom hold, so I guess the load must be
I get people to spin fast with a buzz-step by themselves
first - they never fall over even though no-one else is holding them up.
If they do the same thing when joined with a partner then the pressure
Let's try it on the dance-floor some time.
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