The Hold Is Not a Hold
Every Salsa lesson we teach includes a description of some sort of hold, be it closed hold, double-hand hold, right to left hold etc. It never occurred to me, ’til today, that in Salsa, we don’t “hold”.
I don’t really know where the term hold comes from but I would assume it has something to do with ballroom. In ballroom, the hold refers to the position you must hold your frame in while dancing. Chest up, elbows up, head leaning etc. Of course, I could be wrong. But that’s nor here or there. Let’s talk about Salsa dancing.
In Salsa we don’t hold our frame nor do we hold our partner. Instead, the lady’s hands rest onto the gentleman’s hands, in a double-hand hold. In a closed hold, the lady’s left arm rests lightly on the gentleman’s right arm while he cups his right hand on the lady’s shoulder blade.
Granted, this is just my opinion. If you have a different one, please feel free to let us know.