Aida

Cha Cha Cha Aida

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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back 1/8 to R Can get into Aia from Spiral.

Increase tone in L arm. Lower L arm, and start rotating. Release R hand hold.
2
3
LF back to LSP 1/8 to R Slightly lower left arm and turn it with body over 2-5
3 4 5
4 & 1
Back Lock in LSP, RLR No turn Opening up the arms.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
LF back 1/8 to L
2
3
RF back to LSP 1/8 to L
3 4 5
4 & 1
Back lock in LSP, LRL No turn

Aida Rock and Spot Turn Ending

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
Transfer weight fwd to LF in LSP

2
3
Transfer weight back to RF in LSP

3 4 5
4 & 1
LF fwd, small step, in LSP to lock chasse fwd LRL
At the end of beat, turn 1/2 to L
6-10 2 3 4& 1 RF fwd and slightly across (having turned 1/2 at end of previous beat)
into a Spot Turn or Switch Turn to L, completing total 1 1/4 turn.
1 1/4 turn to L total  

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
Transfer weight fwd to RF in LSP

2
3
Transfer weight back to LF in LSP

3 4 5
4 & 1
RF fwd, small step, in LSP to lock chasse fwd RLR
At end of beat turn 1/2 to R.
The chase can be replace with rocks as well.
6-10 2 3 4& 1 LF fwd and slightly across (having turned 1/2 at end of previous beat)
into a Spot Turn or Switch Turn to R, completing total of 1 1/4 turn.
Total 1 1/4 turn to R  

Aida Switch an Underarm Turn to Right Ending

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
LF to side, having turn 1/4 to L to face partner at end of previous beat 1/4 to L
2
3
Transfer weight to RF

3 4 5
4 & 1
Compact chasse LRL

6-10 2 3 4& 1 Underarm Turn to R  (R L RLR)

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
RF to side, having turned 1/4 to R to face partner at end of previous beat 1/4 to R Two feet apart, L knee bent, weight on RF, R leg straight.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF
Two feet apart, R kneed bent, weight on LF, L leg straight.
3 4 5
4 & 1
Compact chasse RLR
4: Transfer weight to RF
&: LF closes to RF
1: RF to side
6-10 2 3 4& 1 Underarm Turn to R (L R LRL) full turn

Note:
  • Aida may follow Curl or Spiral. 
    • Man's steps are the same.
    • Lady:
      • 2: LF fwd
      • 3: RF fwd in line with LF to end RF back in LSP (turn 1/2 to L)
      • 4&1: Back lock in LSP, LRL