In contra dance you'll sometimes hear people talking about a handshake
grip. Perhaps the caller says "shake hands with your neighbor, and
pull on by" or "take right hands, you balance and box the gnat".
Thing is, it's not a standard handshake:
| Full Handshake
| Finger Handshake
This phrasing misleads new dancers without giving much help to
experienced ones. In my calling I've switched to saying "take hands"
where I would have said "shake hands".
But now I'm curious: is there anywhere that people shake hands like
this, with their fingers? Did people used to do full handshakes in
contra? Finger handshakes outside of contra? Where did this come
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