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Frame_(dance)

Frame (dance)

Frame is the body position maintained by dancers during partner dancing. Maintenance of the frame provides connection, making leading and following possible. It is essential in all dances, but especially so in modern ballroom dance.

Specifically, frame refers to the position of the upper body of the dancers relative to the rest of the dancer's body and the body of the dancer's partner. While not the same as rigidity, it requires internal muscle tension to ensure that the connection between partners is not lost. In some cases, it may involve body contact, but this depends on the style of dancing.

The required frame varies according to the dance—in street Latin style dances such as salsa, arms are held more loosely, while in swing dances, outward directed pressure is used to maintain the position.

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