first glance, semi-closed does not look greatly different from closed
position. The hips are still together, and the feet and toplines are
apart. The woman is positioned a bit to the man's right side. The arms
are up, presenting a smooth oval around the man's shoulders, across the
lead arms, around the woman's shoulders, and back across the trail
arms. Especially notice the position of the woman's arm in the second
photo. Her fingers are lightly placed on her man's right shoulder, but
she is supporting herself and is not pulling or hanging on her partner.
The man's right arm is still around the woman, and his fingers reach
about the center of her back. Lead hands are joined.
in semi, the couple has opened a little down line. The man has used his
hips to turn the woman just a little right face, and he has used a
little right side stretch to "open her head," to cause her to look to
her right. When the man steps forward with his lead, the woman will
step forward, too. When he steps thruough with his trail foot, she will
do likewise. Both look down line and step down line together.