Advanced Hip Twist

Cha Cha Cha Advanced Hip Twist

The Advanced Hip Twist 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
LF to side or fwd in RSP
slight body turn to R

2
3
Transfer weight to RF


3 4 5
4 & 1
LF behind RF (Cuban Cross) to chasse LRL
1/8 to L (LF), body turns less
Man can do slip chasse, or ronde chasse.

Step 3: Heel is not lowered and knee remains flexed.
Step 5: Pressed Backward Walk
6
2
RF back
body completes turn

7
3
Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over steps 7-10
8 9 10
4 & 1
RF to side to chasse RLR, end in Fan Position

Hip Twist Chasse.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back in RSP
1/2 to R
Turn starts at e/o previous beat by turning shoulder first. Then sharp turn to R.

Do not "fall" back, body is quite forward. After turning 1/2 turn, RF is in front with a lot of pressure, then quick release to step back (like backward walk). Do not let spine fall back.

Keep right shoulder back, squeeze R side, settle.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF

e/o beat, starts turn

Weight on to LF, make sure to dance the L hip up and forward before turning.

Turn more than 1/2 turn, head sharp turn to L as well.
3 4 5
4 & 1
RF fwd in line with LF towards Man's R side to chasse RLR
5/8 to L
Turn starts at e/o previous beat,

"4": This is Pressed Forward walk with RF, a bit diagonal to L, RF crosses in front of LF, on ball of RF, demi-point, R heel is not lowered, R knee remains flexed. (it's a fwd step, really throw L hip back. hip should not be flat) 
"&": LF closed to RF, both knees bent.
"1": RF to side, still facing Man at this moment. (Connected movement with L side twisting and RF stepping to side.) R side squeeze, R hip high. Settle R hip. (Not a lot of time. Hit the accent, then immediately go settle R hip and go.) 
"&": turn 1/4 to R. 

Keep head stable. (Not moving head left and right.)

A Twist Chasse may be danced.
6
2
LF fwd passing in front of Man
1/4 to R
Turn starts at e/o previous beat,
Turn is initiated from hips, which are turned more than upper body
Small steps.
7
3
RF fwd in line with LF, then turn to end RF back
1/2 to L, body turns less
Turn at end of beat "&". After turning. body weight into RH, pressure with Man first (tone in RH with Man), before doing back lock.
8 9 10
4 & 1
Back Lock LRL, end in Fan Position
body completes turn
Man holding lady on palm, not around fingers. arms low, at lady's waist level.

End of "1": drop heel, "1&" - on "&", settle L hip, which draws in RF, preparing for next figure, e.g. Hockey Stick.
    Notes
    • Alternative finishing positions:
      • Open Position: Man turn 3/8 to L over steps 7-10
      • Open CPP
      • Contact Position:
        • Man turn 1/2 to L over steps 7-10, dancing chasse side and slightly forward.
        • Lady 3/4 to L over steps 7-10 dancing chasse with LF behind RF (Cuban Cross). Remain normal hold throughout.