You can’t even imagine how many types of embrace I’ve tried over the years of active dancing! But the best of them were cozy and soft like big teddy bears, flexible, reliable, clear, you feel free in such an embrace (regardless of whether it was open or close). When such tandas happen, you feel that you become larger, increasing by another person while dancing, and together you create something third, new and something that is more than just you both together.
Embrace is not just me, or my partner, it’s a third thing that we form together. It is a kind of communication space where we speak a language that is intelligible for both of us, we co-create. We both depend on the embrace, but it also supports us both. This is our context, that’s how we begin to truly understand and take each other into account. Leading and following in this case become different poles of a single process of interaction and it feels like something is happening inside the other person too, not just inside me.
This invisible structure has internal "laws", strings and form, although it is very flexible and exists rather in the form of internal springs. It is not a fixed rigid structure. Maintaining this third element is more important than of each of us individually. Without this third element we do not exist as a couple and so, we dance near each other side by side but not together.