Team Dance Positions
source: International Roller State Dancing, Edition II, 1975, published by USAC
Team Skate Dancing Positions
A: Closed or Waltz position
Partners face each other directly, one skating forward while the other skates backwards. The man's right hand is placed firmly against his partner's back at her shoulder blade with the elbow raised and bent sufficiently to hold her close. The ladies' left hand is placed against the man's right shoulder with her arm resting comfortably on his, elbow to elbow. The man's left arm and ladies' right arm are extended at average shoulder height. The shoulders are parallel.
B: Side or Killian position
Most commonly used for the beginning dances. Partners face in the same direction, lady at the right of the man, man's right shoulder behind ladies' left. Ladies' left arm is extended in front across man's body to his left hand, while his right arm is behind her back. Both right hands clasped, and resting at her waist over hip bone. This position may also be reversed - Side Reverse (B) - with the man at the right of the lady, both hands clasped and resting at her waist over the left hip bone.
C: Tandem position
Skaters positioned directly behind each other, skating identical edges. Hold can be either - both hands for both skaters - on the ladies' waist, or both skaters with one hand on the ladies' waist with the other one outstretched.
D: Open or Foxtrot position
Hand and arm positions are similar to those of the Closed (A) position, but the partners turn slightly so that both may skate in the same direction. The man's left hand and the ladies' right hand lead. This position may also be reversed, with the man on the ladies' right side.
E: Trailing Open or Trailing Foxtrot position
Same as the Foxtrot or Open (D) position, except that the clasped leading hands are reversed, following the couple rather than leading the couple.
F: Side Closed or Tango position
As in the Closed (A) position, one partner skates forward, while the other skates backwards. Unlike the Closed (A) position, partners skate hip to hip, the man either to the right or left (Reversed F position) of the lady.
G: Hand-in-Hand position
Partners face in the same direction and are side by side with arms comfortably extended, the man's right hand in the ladies' left.The lady is on the right side unless otherwise noted. [ed. frequently used while stopped, and while starting introductory steps]
H: Crossed Arms position
Same as the Killian position (B), except that the man's right hand, rather than being on the ladies' right hip, is placed in front of the lady and both partners clasp hands close to the ladies' torso.