Cuddle variations: 

            Into cuddle: On 2nd foot (beat 4,5,6) lead brings left hand across & up between self and partner to turn follower ccw, catching follower’s left hand as she turns to end in cuddle position (both facing line of direction).

            Out of cuddle: on 1st foot, lead lifts left hand to initiate cw twirl 1 1/2x for follower.  Lead’s right hand is used to help indicate direction of twirl, then lets go.  Catch follower in closed position (nice place for turning waltz or pivots).

 

            Switching cuddle from right side to left side: On 1st foot, raise lead’s left, then right (then lower left, then right) to turn follower cw 1x while moving her to lead’s left side (not letting go with either hand).  To return, lift lead’s right hand, then left while turning follower ccw back to right side.

            From cuddle to “reverse butterfly”: In cuddle, on 1st foot, lead lets go with left hand & guides follower to turn cw 1x (staying on lead’s right side) into butterfly on beats 4,5,6 (apart), then together on beats 1,2,3. (inside foot/second foot takes step in line of direction)  On any beat 1, lead guides follower in ccw twirl (using right hand) to catch back in cuddle.

 

            Cuddle rotation: In cuddle position, on 1st foot, lead lets go with his left hand & initiates simultaneous 360 degree clockwise turns for lead & follower.  As he completes turn, lead’s left hand reconnects with follower’s right hand.  Follower remains on lead’s right side.  On next beat 1, lead initiates counterclockwise twirl for follower, using his left hand, catching her left hand as she turns to end back in cuddle.

            Reverse cuddle rotation: After doing cuddle switch (see above), can do cuddle rotation from this side.  On 1st foot, lead lets go with his right hand & initiates simultaneous 360 degree ccw turns for lead & follower.  As he completes turn, lead’s right hand reconnects with follower’s left hand.  Follower remains on lead’s left side.  To get follower back to lead’s right side, continue in laces (see below).

 

            Laces:  in cuddle, lead lets go with right hand and slides it along follower’s back, catching it again at her waist, on her left side.  Lead raises the hand just caught and walks forward under it while moving to follower’s right side (takes 6 beats).  Lead lets go of left hand; follower slides it along his back to reconnect at waist level on lead’s right side.  Lead raises the hand just caught and follower walks forward under it while moving to lead’s right side (takes 6 beats).  Repeat!  Works best if there is plenty of forward travel as you do this.  It also helps to hold onto hands as much as possible and reconnect as soon as possible.  May help follower if lead holds her on left side for several measures before doing second half of move.

            Extra twirl in laces: With follower on left, lead lets go with his left hand, catches follower’s right hand at waist level on left side of his body, raises the hand he catches & initiates ccw twirl for follower (1x) as she moves back to lead’s right side.  Important to catch follower’s hand; easier if you make contact with her upper arm and slide down.