Notes on a popular embrace

Demo Maestros @ Tiempo Argentino by Peter Forret, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License by  Peter Forret

I have seen quite a few dismissive comments of a certain embrace lately, someone calling it ‘Reaching for the man’s back pants pocket’-embrace just recently (in the comments, here). Which doesn’t sound very nice to me. I assume it is the one pictured above that is referred to, although I would have to say she is a little off if she is going for this pockets. I suspect the misunderstanding concerning the pockets comes from seeing this as a intention downwards embrace, while it is quite the oposite.

Well, people may embrace as they please, but this crititcism seems a little narrow-minded to me. I, on the other hand get an urge to dance every time I see someone embracing this way because, when done correctly, it feels very good and improves the connection with my partner, who can participate actively with her left hand.

Someone dismissed it as a fad. That may well be, but it sure is a long lived one. If you see the famous film snip of Carmencita Calderón dancing with the legendary El Cachafaz, you see her using a variation of this embrace. (As opposed to having her arm around his neck). That footage is from the 1930s. So I wouldn’t put much money on it going out of fashion anytime soon.

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