Alemana

Cha Cha Cha Alemana

The Cha Cha Alemana is a Bronze 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 fwd
No turn

2
3
Transfer weight to RF
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3 4 5
4 & 1
Compact Chasse LRL
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6
2
RF back
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Man raises his L arm, table through elbow while Lady turns.
7
3
Transfer weight to LF
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8 9 10
4 & 1
Compact Chasse RLR End in Closed Position
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Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
Closed RF to LF
No turn
In in Open position, dance this step as back step.
2
3
LF fwd
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3 4 5
4 & 1
Fwd Lock RLR
1/8 to R between 4 & 5
Man's LH position may give hint to Lady whether it's going to be Hockey Stick or Alemana.
For Alemana: Lady's R hand/arm comes up and then opens out to right side.
On count "&" after 1: Do a sharp turn to R to Man's L side. LF in Latin Cross Position. Upper body opposition. Directly go into split weight.
6
2 3 4&1
Two fwd steps and a fwd lock under raised arms LRLRL End in Closed Position
1 and 1/8 to R over 6 to 10
Lady may use Extended Forward Walk on 6. This is a 3-point turn.

count "2": Lady steps LF diagonally to Man's L side. 1/8 turn to R (Arms: start straight out to side, when turning under Man's arm, L arm will come in to turn, then immediately straight out at end of "2&".)

count "3": RF brushes LF (for fast music, no time to brush, Forward Walk Turn go directly onto the foot, compact), 1/2 turn. L arm out. It's important to really get on to RF immediately. On "&", continue to twist and turn upper body o R (but spine should continue to transfer to whole and front of foot) , then fast LF action to follow, do not place LF next to RF and pause, LF should directly place where it needs to go (chasse or lock depending on finishing position.)

count "4&1": Do not put LH back on Man's shoulder too quick, wait till end of "1&" turning.

When following Closed Hip Twist, this lock step passes Man.

How to tell if it's going to be a side chasse or forward lock for "4&1":
At the end of "3&": weight is on RF, do not anticipate what Man will do, also do not turn and hold LF next to RF and then step to next step. What Lady should do is: slight delay to read the lead, upper body start turning to R first, LF stays on floor as long as it can. Use Flexible Turns (where upper body goes first and delay lower half).
  • Commencing positions:
    • Normally, in Fan Position
    • May also be commenced in Open Position: Lady step back on step 1 instead of closing RF to LF, and makes a complete turn R over 6-10.
  • Finishing positions:
    • Man and Lady end to side
    • Man and Lady end diagonally fwd in Open CPP
      • Man 1/8 to R on step 8 arresting Lady's turn with L hand. Lady 1 1/8 R over 5-8
    • Lady end fwd toward Man's R side
      • Man turns body slightly R on step 8 to lead Lady towards his R side.
      • Lady LF fwd in line with RF into fwd Lock
      • Man LF slightly leftwards on 7.
    • Man and Lady fwd toward partner's R side
      • Man RF fwd in line with LF on 8, into fwd Lock towards Lady's R side. Lead, placement of LF on 7 and Lady's steps as position 3.
      • Man may make up to 1/4 R over 8-10, adjusting Lady's turn accordingly.
  • Gold: Alemana may be danced with R to R hand hold.
    • Precede with Hockey Stick or any figure ending in Open Position.
    • Man changing Lady's R hand into his R hand on last step and release hold with L hand.
    • Lady makes a complete turn R on Alemana.
    • Man takes 8 fwd in line with LF towards partner's R side into fwd Lock. Lead, placement of LF on 7 and lady's steps as position 3.
    • Follow with the Advanced Hip Twist, Man changing Lady's R hand into his L hand, releasing hold with R hand on 7.