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Cha Cha

Note! These are notes for American Style Cha Cha from prior to 2004. It's probably of no use to anyone else, but here they are for occasional reference.


Tempo

Music has 4/4 time signature, tempo is 28-30 bars per minute

Notes and Tips:

  • 4& are two short steps. Larger step on 1, stop it completely, to give a little staccato effect. Forearm to forearm on closed hold. On turns, give her something to push against.
  1. Basic

    Variation of: Basic Turning: Bronze 1
    1, From feet together, LF left
    2, RF back
    3, Rock forward left
    4, RF side
    &, Feet together
    1, RF right
    2, Left foot forward
    3, Rock back on right
    4, Left foot side,
    &, Feet together
    1, LF left
    2, RF back
  2. Progressive Basic

    Variation of: Basic Turning: Bronze 1
    Instead of going right on 4&1, go forward. Instead of going left, go back.
    Locking Step Variation: On the 4&1 step, the & step has the legs crossed, and the shin of the trailing leg stops at the calf of the leading leg.
  3. Cuban Basic

    Variation of: Basic Turning: Bronze 1
    1. LF side
    2. RF to LF
    3. change weight to LF
    4. RF side
    &. LF to RF
    1. RF side
    2. LF to RF
    3. CW to RF
  4. Cuban Box

    Variation of: Basic Turning: Bronze 1, Intermediate 1b
    1. LF side
    2. RF to LF
    3. LF forward
    4. RF side
    &. LF to RF
    1. RF side
    2. LF to RF
    3. RF back
    4. LF side
    &. RF to LF
    1. LF side
    2. RF to LF
    3. LF forward
    4. etc.
  5. Cross-body lead

    Variation of: Basic Turning: Bronze 1, Intermediate 1b
    1. LF left
    2. RF back
    3. Ball change
    4. RF R
    &. LF feet together
    1. RF R
    2. LF forward
    3. Ball change
    4. Holding her back w/ LH, LF back, quarter turn body left
    &. RF feet together
    1. LF left, bring her around, another quarter turn left
    2. RF rock back,small step
    3. Ball change
    4. RF right
    &. Feet together, continue basic
  6. Cross-over break into UAT

    Variation of: Cross Over Break: Bronze 1
    When doing a cross-over from closed position going right, keep right arm at shoulder height, and use right arm to lift her left arm a little as we go into cross-over.
    1. LF left
    2. RF back
    3. Rock forward
    4. RF right
    &. Feet together
    1. RF side, release closed hold
    2. LF cross over right, lead with LH along line of travel
    3. rock back, take her left hand w/ my right
    4. LF left
    &. feet together
    1. LF left
    2. RF cross over left, lead w/ my RH along line of travel
    3. rock back
    4. rf right, take her rh w/ my lh
    &. feet together
    1. rf right
    2. same cross-over to right
    3. rock back
    4. lf left, lead her into uat
    &. feet together
    1. lf left
    2. rf back
    3. rock forward
    4. rf right
    &. feet together
    . continue with basic
  7. Cross-over break into walk-around turn

    Variation of: Cross Over Break: Bronze 1
    1. After cross-over to right, don't take back her LH, as this will signal another cross-over. Lead her RF for her to turn clockwise and let go.
    2. RF cross-over
    3. Pivot 180deg
    4. RF forward (along LOD)
    &. LF feet together, continue with basic.
  8. Cross-over break to double rock

    Variation of: Cross Over Break: Bronze 1
    1. LF left
    2. RF back
    3. Rock forward
    4. RF right
    &. Feet together
    1. RF side, release closed hold
    2. LF cross over RF, lead with LH along line of travel
    3. WC to RF
    4. WC to LF
    1. WC to RF, keep my RH in same spot
    2. WC to LF
    3. WC to RF
    4. QT left, LF side, take her LH in my RH
    &. RF FT
    1. LF side
    2. QT left, RF forward, release LH
    3. WC LF
    4. WC RF
    1. WC LF
    2. WC RF
    3. WC LF
    4. QT right, take her RH in my LH, RF side
    &. LF FT
    1. RF side
    2. QT right, release RH, LF forward
    3. WC RF
    4. QT left, LF side, RH patty cake
    1. WC RF
    2. QT right, LF forward
    3. WC RF
    4. QT left, LF side
    &. RF FT
    1. LF side, lead into walk around turn
    2. QT left, RF forward
    3. HT left
    4. RF forward, QT left
    &. LF FT
    . continue with basic or whatever
  9. Cross-Over Break to Double Walk-Around Turn

    Variation of: Cross Over Break: Bronze 1, Intermediate 1b
    Start as in Cross-Over to Walk-Around Turn. After WAT to left, cha-cha step, and then lead into walk-around turn to right. Lead turns with hand that corresponds to direction I am turning in.
  10. Parallel Break

    Variation of: Cross Over Break: Bronze 1
    On step 2 of the basic, instead of stepping forward with the left foot, step across with the left, turning her so that we are parallel, but I have her off to my left. Going left on the basic, instead of stepping back with the right, step forward, turning her so she is off to my right, and our bodies are parallel. Basically the same as the parallel break in rumba.
  11. Hand to Hand Break

    Variation of: Cross Over Break: Bronze 1
    1. LF left
    2. RF ball lead back
    3. Ball Change, while turning LH to be under her RH
    4. RF short side
    &. LF to RF
    1. RF side
    2. LF cross over RF to right, lead her to match me facing my right
    3. Ball change
    4. Using LH, lead her to turn and go the other way, like in cross over break. I continue facing same way, stepping back LF
    &. RF short back
    1. LF short back, Left Palm to left Palm
    2. RF back
    3. Ball change, push hand to lead her other way
    4. RF forward, turn to face partner
    &. LF feet together
    1. RF side, turn left, right palm to right palm
    2. LF back
    3. Ball change push hand to lead her other way
    . To end it, on right Hand to hand basic, don't turn, so that we are doing a cross-over break instead.
  12. Open Break

    Variation of: Open Break: Bronze 1
    Just like open break in Salsa. Instead of stepping forward with LF on front half of basic, step back, and use LH to keep her doing the same thing she would usually do
  13. Peek-A-Boo

    Variation of: Open Break: Bronze 1
    From open break, lead her to inside turn on my right, stopping her with my RH on her shoulder blade, stepping right in front of her on 2. Lead her back into under arm turn back into open break. Can end with UAT.
  14. Peek-A-Boo to Double Outside Turn

    After Peekaboo. 2-rockstep across her. 3-CW LF. 4&1-launch her back, lead her into one and a half turns to her right, and step in place. 2-rock step forward, and can go from there.
  15. L-Break to Inside Turn

    Variation of: Open Break: Bronze 1, Intermediate 1b
    Cross body lead, release to open hold. By 1. we should be at right angles, with her on my left. Next 4&1, take diagonal steps toward her. L-Break is also known as the Hockey Stick.
    1. RF side
    2. LF forward
    3. CW to RF
    4. 1/4 turn left, LF side, hold her back
    &. RF to LF
    1. LF side, bring her around to 90deg angle with me, on my left, keep LH between us
    2. RF rock back
    3. CW to LF
    4. RF diag left, lead her in same direction with pressure on LH
    &. LF diag left
    1. RF diag left
    2. LF forward
    3. CW to RF
    4. CW to LF, bring her past in front of me
    &. CW to RF, start to lead her into inside turn
    1. CW to LF
    2. RF hook turn quarter turn right
    3. CW LF. Snap inside turn
    4. RF forward
    &. LF forward
    1. RF forward
    2. LF forward
    3. cw to RF, continue basic
  16. Left Side by Side Break

    Variation of: Open Break: Bronze 1
    1. RF side
    2. LF forward
    3. weight on RF
    4. turn body quarter left, LF side, hold her back with LH
    &. RF to LF
    1. LF side, bring her to my side, so that we are side by side, keep LH close to my body as I bring her around
    2. side by side, RF back
    3. LF back
    4. RF back
    &. LF back
    1. RF back
    2. LF back. Keeping arm loose, swing LH back
    3. weight to RF, swing LH forward
    4. LF forward
    &. RF forward, stop w/ RH, quarter turn left
    1. weight to LF,
    2. RF forward, Lead walk around turn, QT left
    3. half turn left
    4. RF forward, quarter turn left to face partner
    &. LF to RF, back into basic
  17. Sweetheart

    Variation of: Sweetheart: Bronze 2
    Open break, changing to RH to RH hold. 4&1, lead her to go past me on my right, I take up her LH from behind. Rock step forward, go back the other way. Repeat a couple of times. After going right on 4&1, QT left, rock step back, turn her QT right, switch hands on her RH, and then lead her into UAT.
  18. Change of Places

    Variation of: Sweetheart: Bronze 2
    Go into sweetheart. When I am going to my right, keep going, so that we end up facing each other with crossed hands. Go back and forth a couple of times. End like sweetheart.
  19. Turkish Towel

    Variation of: Sweetheart: Bronze 2
    On right half basic, release closed hold, rock step forward. 4&1, back progressive, switching to RH to RH hold. 23-Lead her into outside turn (right), I QT to left. 4&1, I go right, she goes left, I offer her my LH. Rock step back, I lead her to rock step forward. Repeat back and forth a couple of times. After going right, 23, release left hand, lead her to come around my right side. 4&1 in place, switch hands back. 23, turn to meet her, and go into cross-over break and UAT.
    Alternate endings. Keep her RH, and lead her into double inside turn, following it with half-moons. Or, switch to LH to RH open hold, lead her into double inside turn, and go into cross-over break.
  20. Shadow Sweetheart/Man's Fake

    Variation of: Sweetheart: Bronze 2
    123. Open Break, Change to RH to RH hold
    4. LF side, Lead her past to my right, QT right
    &. Don't cha, this is the fake
    1. CW RF, Take her LH with my LH
    234&. basic, going with her instead of against her (shadow)
    2, LF break forward, release LH, after basic to the right, I am to right of my partner
    3. CW RF, QT left
    4. LF slightly forward, keep leading her to face me
    1. RF next to LF (no & step, the fake)
    234&. back to basic, lead UAT
  21. Traveling Sweetheart

    Variation of: Sweetheart: Bronze 2
    Open Break, switching hands, lead her into sweetheart. On 4n1, step on 4 and step on 1. This is called a fake. The idea is to step with the same foot as she does, instead of mirror. Left foot is now free for 2. Can step forward or back at my pleasure. 4n1, switch her from my right to my left. 23, rockstep. 4n1
  22. Chase to Loop Turn

    Variation of: The Chase: Bronze 2
    Forward Progressive Basic, Release closed hold
    Begin to lead her on backward progressive basic, and let go of her RH as well.
    Locking Step Forward basic
    2. On end of lock step, step forward LF as for forward progressive basic
    3. Half turn, so RF in front, facing away from partner.
    4&1. Lock step progressive with LF leading
    2. RF forward
    3. Half turn to face back toward partner
    4&1. Lock step progressive
    2. LF forward
    3. Half turn, face away from partner
    4. LF forward, past and across LF, while pivoting on RF to in effect to a second half turn so that I am facing my partner again.
    &1234&1. continue with back and forward basics
    2. Assuming she has stopped doing turns, and is going forward and back in same direction, step forward LF, and take her right hand.
    34. Same full turn as before, except now I pass her hand in front of me as I execute it, and then continue with basic.
  23. Check and Pop

    Variation of: The Chase: Bronze 2
    after 4&1 going back. 2, RF rock back. 3, CW LF. 4, RF side. & LF forward and side, turning body 1/8 right. 1, RF feet together. 2, LF rock forward, back to progressive basic, or chase.
  24. Points and Kick

    Variation of: The Chase: Bronze 2
    Angela's version: After rock step back on RF: 4, RF point out to side. &,RF step across left. 1, LF point forward or side. 2, LF kick. 3, LF across RF. 4&1, lock step back progressive. Pearls version: after LF across RF on 3. 4, RF back. 1, LF back. 2, rock back on right and continue with basic.
  25. Hook Turn

    Variation of: The Chase: Bronze 2
    Full turn after forward progressive. Back progressive. After Rock: 4&1, hook turn to right, take the whole count. Rock forward, and do back progressive basic.
  26. Spin and Flick

    Variation of: The Chase: Bronze 2
    On forward basic, spin turn. On back basic, on 2, in addition to stepping RF back, turn and point LF forward. 3
  27. Hammerlock to Cuddle to Triple Outside Turn

    On right half of basic, rock forward, cha cha in place, then on next rock step lead outside turn into hammerlock. on cha cha, lead her into cuddle. Walk around her for rock step and cha cha. Rock forward while rocks back (tuck her), bring her out on cha cha, on slows and cha chas, lead her into triple outside turn.
  28. Half Moon Loop

    Face loop into half moon.
  29. Progressive to Lady's Hammerlock and Crossover break

    2002.1.12
    Progressive basic forward.
    4&1, lead her straight back down slot, while I go back and left, to get out of slot, raising LH.
    23, lead her into cw turn into hammerlock
    4&123, forward progressive in hammerlock position, may go off at angle to slot to make it easier on follower
    4&1, lead her into progressive ccw turn to unwind.
    23, crossover break
  30. XBL to Lady's CW turn and Rainbow

    2002.1.12
    XBL, ending with Lady's inside turn, keeping both hands.
    Progressive back basic with rainbow.
  31. Figure 8 to Around the World

    Figure 8, just like in two step, with turns happening on 23.
    After outside turn to end figure eights, lead her to walk around behind me. On second cha-cha-cha, I do a full turn left, and pick up her left hand with my LH to lead an outside turn on 23
  32. Guapacha Basic

    For both basic and crossover, hold on 2, and then step on &3.
  33. Syncopated Basic / Surprise


  34. Checked Cross Body Lead to Outside Turn

    Start with cross body lead
    On 1, let her step, and then turn fram left, I lunge a little back, and on 23, lead her to rock back, facing direction she came from.
    4&1. Lead lady's traveling outside turn.
  35. Inside Turn to Shadow with Lady's Double Outside Turn

    Right to Right hold.
    23. Forward break.
    4&1. As man hooks left foot, to do half turn left, he leads lady into traveling inside turn left, and end up with right wrist on her right shoulder, with the both of us facing the same direction.
    If she can handle it, lead a double outside turn. If not, two walks, and then an outside turn.

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