What's the Kilian Hold?

The partners face in the same direction with the Lady to the right of the Man and his right shoulder behind her left. The left arm of the Lady is extended across the front of the Man’s body to hold his left hand. His right arm crosses behind the Lady’s back to clasp her right hand. Both right hands rest over her hip bone.

Reversed Kilian Hold
This hold is similar to the Kilian Hold but with the Lady at the Man’s left.

Open Kilian Hold
The Man’s left hand holds the Lady’s left hand, with his right hand resting over the Lady’s left hip or behind her back. The Lady’s right arm is extended. This hold may also be reversed.

Crossed Kilian Hold
The Lady’s left arm is extended across the front of the Man’s body to his left hand, while his right arm is extended across in front of her body with both partners’ right hands resting clasped over her hip. This hold may also be reversed.

The ISU Handbook Ice Dance 2003 provides pictures for the different dance holds. Unfortunately, there is not a link or PDF available online at the moment.

Last update on 12. March 2018 by Gudrun Wakolbinger.

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