A closed face-to-face relationship of partners where one partner progresses in a forward direction and the other partner progresses in a backward direction. The forward skating partner tracks the backward skating partner with hips in line and with compatible planning of head and shoulders. Transitional steps such as occur during face-to-face turns where both partners briefly progress in the same direction are not deviations from this position. When it is specified that a step be executed out of track while in a position it is referred to as Modified A position.

Typically the man’s right hand is placed firmly against his partner’s back at her shoulder blade with the elbow raised and bent sufficiently to hold her close. The ladies’ left hand is placed against the man’s right shoulder with her arm resting comfortably on his, elbow to elbow. The man’s left arm and ladies’ right arm are extended at average shoulder height. The shoulders are parallel.