cha cha dance tutorials

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cha cha BASIC

 

TIMING AND BEAT VALUES

The music is constructed so that the 4th beat of each bar is split into two equal parts. During the dance the first two steps of the Cha Cha Cha Chasse coincide with the two 1/2 beats formed by the split fourth beat. The third step of the Chasse coincides with the first beat of the next bar of music.

CHA CHA CHA CHASSE

The Chasse used in Cha Cha Cha consists of a group of three steps, the moving foot being half closed to the stationary foot on the second step. The Chasse can be taken in any direction. 

cha cha SIDE STEP

TIME SIGNATURE

The time signature is 4/4. There is a musical

accent on the 1st beat of each bar. The dance should be started by taking a step on the 1st beat of a bar of music.

CHA CHA CHA CHASSE

Although both knees are compressed on the 2nd step of all Cha Cha Cha Chasses and both knees are straight on the last step there is no change of height or "bounce'" action during these

movements. This is due to the fact that the hip movement or pelvic shift which occurs when the leg Is straightened on the 3rd step exactly compensates for the loss of height which occurs when both knees are compressed on the 2nd step.

cha cha 7 CHASSES

part 1

side chasse

The Chasse used in Cha Cha Cha consists of a group of three steps, the moving foot being half closed to the stationary foot on the second step. The Chasse can be taken in any direction.

lock step chasse

When leader or follower dance the Cha Cha Cha movement forwards or backwards a lock action is used. However the simple chasse action may be retained by social dancers.

compact chasse

During some figures the leader or follower needs to dance either a "compact" chasse, e.g. steps 3-5 of the Alemana, or chasse to the right moving away from the follower.

cha cha 7 CHASSES

part 2

slip chasse

Slip Chasses is used as replacement to Backward Lock step when the leader or follower needs to stay more stationary. First step is ball of the foot, then you slip the standing leg under your body and finish with feet together and changing your weight.

hip twist chasse

Lower part of the body is turned more than the shoulders. Turn is commenced during preceding beat of the music. Hip Twist Chasses can be used by the leader to replace the last three steps of all figures that finish in Fan Position.

ronde chasse

After a check forward you place your foot in a half circle action to the side of your body. Cross behind, bring the feet together and finish with a side step.

progressive/running chasse

Progressive classes is often used as a replacement of the Lock Step Chasse.

cha cha cuban breaks

CUBAN BREAK IN OPEN CPP 

The Cuban Break can also be danced from Open CPP. In this case steps 1-7 are danced by the man in Open CPP, followed immediately by a repeat of steps 1-7 on the opposite foot still in Open CPP. The lady

will dance steps 1-7 as described for man above but commencing on the RF, followed immediately repeat of steps 1-7 commencing with her LF

PRECEDES

Any fig that can be finished in Open CPP.

FOLLOWS

Check from Open CPP.

cha cha aida

Silver syllabus

 

Cha Cha Aida is a Silver Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, and movement, technique; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

cha cha check

checked fwd walk

 

Cha Cha check is used for change of direction. Often the leader communicated the change of direction to the follower by taking a partial weight step that indicates the change. this step can bu used also in New Yorkers.

cha cha check

checked fwd walk

 

Cha Cha check is used for change of direction. Often the leader communicated the change of direction to the follower by taking a partial weight step that indicates the change. this step can bu used also in New Yorkers.

cha cha check

checked fwd walk

 

Cha Cha check is used for change of direction. Often the leader communicated the change of direction to the follower by taking a partial weight step that indicates the change. this step can bu used also in New Yorkers.

cha cha check

checked fwd walk

 

Cha Cha check is used for change of direction. Often the leader communicated the change of direction to the follower by taking a partial weight step that indicates the change. this step can bu used also in New Yorkers.

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