Crossed Arm Slide

Type   Transition Move, Position, ComboTurn, Circle
Level   Level 3 Beginner
Other Names   Bow Tie, Arm Slide, Double Arm Slide, Double Overhead Slide, Double Arch Bridge Slide, Butterfly
Comes From   Butterfly Open PositionOutside Turn, Tornado, Zig-zag
Leads To   Tabletop, Duck Under Spin, Double LassoWindowHigh Five Spin, Right-to Right Open Position, Tunnel Tabletop Combo, Gravedigger, Tunnel 


The Crossed Arm Slide is one of the easiest ways to get into a cross-handed position. The leader guides the follow to loop her arm over her head while he does the same, then they slide off to a right-to-right hand hold.

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Type    Position, Circle, Progressive
Level   Level 2 Beginner
Other Names   Sweetheart, Wrap, Cradle
Comes From    Open Position, Belt LoopSliding DoorSliding Door DipLoop
Leads To    The LeanSpin OutTriple Hip Combo, Outside Turn (half-turn variation), Cuddle DipFall Through DipStraight Jacket Twist, Can Opener, Backflip,


The Cuddle is a variation on the Inside Turn with both hands connected. The leader turns the follow to wrap her up in his arms. This is a very versatile move! Learn the basic steps for it below, then check out the variations for ways to customize your dance.

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Open Positions

Type    Position
Level     Level 1 Beginner
Other Names Butterfly Position, Open Facing, etc. depending on the setup, see variations. Moves to get into it are called Open Break, Snag, Butterfly Catch, etc.
Comes From     The Basic Step (Closed Position), Outside TurnLoopArchToss Away SpinFall Through DipFall For Me DipHigh Five SpinArm Push SpinHip Push SpinStraight Jacket TwistZig-zag, Sway Step, AZ Winter, Gravedigger, Can Opener, Backflip, Shoulder Lean,
Leads To     Hammerlock, Pretzel, Barrel Roll, Belt LoopPull Up DipSpinnerooSliding DoorLoopArchToss Away SpinFall Through DipZig-zag, Candlestick, Knee Throw, Can Opener, Backflip, Shoulder Lean (RR),


There are several types of Open Positions, but for ease I will put them all in the same article.

In Open Position partners are facing the same wall with the lead’s right hand and the follow’s left hand joined. This would occur after a move such as the Spin Out or go directly from closed to open with an open break.

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Type   Position, Transition Move, Circle, Progressive, Turn
Level  Level 2 Beginner
Other Names Matador
Comes From   Butterfly Open Position
Leads To   Reverse Pretzel, Pretzel (lead Hammerlock), Basic Step (in Hammerlock position), The Lean (in Hammerlock position)


Hammerlock is a variation on the Outside Turn with both hands connected. The leader turns the follower so that one arm is tucked behind her back, and the other crosses in front of him.

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Shadow Position

Type    Position, Progressive
Level     Level 5 Intermediate
Other Names   Cape Position, Varsouvienne
Comes From    Cross-Handed Open PositionOpen PositionInside Turn (Right-to-right), LassoDouble LassoBelt LoopBack LeanSide Lean, Tunnel 
Leads To    Cross-Handed Open PositionLassoDouble LassoBack Lean (lead in front), Side Lean, Shoulder Lean, Shoulder Dip,
The Guitar, Basic Step, Tunnel, Can Opener


In Shadow Position, partners are right-to-right, left-to-left with one person beside and slightly behind the other.

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Cross-Handed Open Position

Type    Position
Other Names    Handshake (Right-to-right variation), Upside Down Handshake (variation)
Level     Level 3 Beginner
Comes From    Basic StepCrossed Arm SlideSpinneroo, Tunnel Tabletop Combo, Ravioli Twist, Tunnel 
Leads To    Waterfall, Outside Turn, Tabletop, Lasso, Double Lasso, Toss Away Spin, Roll Off, The Chase, TornadoBow and ArrowFall For Me DipHigh Five Spin, Tunnel Tabletop Combo, Ravioli Twist, Tunnel 


In Cross-Handed Open Position, the leader and follower are connected right-to-right, and often with left-to-left as well. This position is important to a whole category of cross-handed moves. Steps in this article will teach you a few easy ways to get into this position so you can unlock many new moves.

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