Ballroom dancing is one of the most graceful forms of dance for two. There are many steps involved and learning them is not always easy. Partner position is very important in order to execute the precision of the dance. Comfortable, well fitting shoes are a must have to help in avoiding incidents. Dance also has a language of its own. Knowing this can enhance your dancing skills tremendously. A stellar position to start with is called the promenade position. In this position the partners are standing parallel to each other. One partner's left leg and the other's right leg are slightly apart to the same side. Both heads are turned in the same direction as the legs. Head is straight with chin angled upward. Many dances can be started from this position. Fashionable dance outfits and shoes that compliment each other add credence to this position. Partners can develop their own private language in dance so as to be able to vary from the normal steps to add their own flare to any position.
Another partner position is when the two are standing facing each other. The male has his right arm around the waist of the female, and she has her left hand on his shoulder. The feet are straight, and ready to move in any direction with non slip shoes. This position is called the closed dance hold and is perfect to start the Texas two step or any other dance favorite suitable for the ballroom. Partner positions are the major element in ballroom dancing. The right positions mean that partners can flow more elegantly, maintain a perfect balance and alleviate the possibility of mistakes. In competitive ballroom dancing, partner position is highly ranked. Other positions include the challenge position wherein both partners are standing apart and staring at each other as though they were about to issue a dare. The feet are apart, shoes not touching. In this position, partners can step into many routines from the tango to a waltz. Seasoned dancers, and those who have been partners for a while, do not take their partner positions lightly. Other positions include the fall away position, the lower cape position, the left outside partner position, the right outside partner position and many more. For dancers who have hours of practice with a partner, a most unfavorable predicament to be in is one in which they have to perform without their regular partner. They find it difficult to adjust to the intricate details and movements of someone that they are not accustomed to, and who may have the wrong shoes._