The only lead force in that direction comes from the picture arms (lead's left, follower's right) which, extended distally from the bodies, introduces a turning moment around the vertical axis of the spine.
An equilibriating moment cannot be provided by the enclosing arms unless:
- the palms of both dancers are able to extend to the far side of their partner's spines;
- the follower provides 'hand brake' resistance by pushing her left hand against the ventral face of the leader's right shoulder; or,
- the partners to maintain contact along their embracing arms as a integrated member - follower's underside, leader's topside - using friction, and resolving the turning moment via core muscles of the abdomen.
The Compression Hold
places the follower between two gentle and equal opposing forces so that no turning moment is created when led to move backwards. This is achieved through simple modifications to the contredanse hold.
From the lead's perspective:
- the palm and wrist of the picture (left) arm is oriented to the follower's spine on the vertical plane;
- the wrist of the enclosing (right) arm is placed on the point of the follower's torso such that the lead's left palm, the follower's spine, and the lead's right wrist lie on a straight line; and,
- a gentle force inward to the follower's spine (vertical turning axis) is applied from each wrist, thus placing the follower under compression.
- the palm and wrist of the picture (right) arm is toned to complete the compression frame, requiring a matched resistant force against the leader's inward-squeezing force.