Cha Cha Open Choreography

Lady's Amalgamation (Cha Cha Open)

Note: The notes are specific to choreography worked in a class and may not provide enough details for dancers not in the class.
  • Start in open position, Man RF back, weight on LF; Lady LF fwd, weight on RF
  • 4 & 1 Cha Cha Locks
    • Lady: LF back (rotate around spine more), RF lock, LF back
    • Man: Open up
  • 2 3 4&1: Three step turn
    • Lady: RF back, LF replace weight,  RF fwd, 3 step turn, ending RF back, in Natural Opening Out Position.
      • Shoulder down, long leg line.
      • 3 step turn, both feet should be engaged, activated. Do not fall into any step. It's controlled, activated movement.
      • when ending RF back, step underneath body, small step, keep spine more fwd, spine
  • 2 3: Lady hold, Man cut in front of Lady.
  • 4 & 1: three step turn with RF Ronde
  • 2&3: RF Cuban Rock, syncopated 2&. On 3: track RF, then point RF, step on it.
  • 4&1: LF, RF, LF with RF ronde.
  • 2&3: On 3: point RF fwd
  • &4&a1: RF close to LF step, LF step in place; RF step in place; LF step in place; RF fwd step.
  • 2 3 4 1: LF fwd, turn 1/2 turn, RF back, turn 1/2 turn; LF to side,  RF close to LF step.
  • 2 3 4 1; 2 3 4 1 ( as many as Man leads)
    • step in place, cross knees, step into floor, grounded
    • Man will indicate lead change by lowering his body and stopping the in place twist action
  • 2 3 hold (will feel Man's lead to stop) - weight on RF, L leg fwd straight;
  • 4&1 three step starting on LF,  turn to left,  ending LF to side and settle, R leg to side.


  • Start weight on RF
  • 1 2 3 4: in place LF, RF, LF, RF
  • &5: legs apart, R arm up, L arm side
  • 6 7: hip roll to left, L arm coming in front, R arm behind head
  • 8: ending legs apart, both arms on side of hip (with skirt)
  • 1: squeeze thighs together inward, ending legs closed straight, both hands still on hips.
  • a2: hop LF fwd, RF latin cross back, L arm in front, R arm up (doesn't need to be straight up, could be palm up above head)
  • 3: replace weight on RF, R arm brush hair
  • 4&1: LF back lock LRL, Lady's RH connects with Man.
  • Hold 2
  • &3: "&" RF kick fwd, straight foot, "3" RF back
  • &4&1: LF replace, RF front, LF replace, RF back, then prepare for spiral 1/2
  • 2&3&: continuous left three step turn, make it very very tight, 2 full turns
  • 4&1: Lock step LRL, finishing RH connected with Man, Lady looking at Man. then Man will throw Lady's RH on & after '1", Lady R arm diagonal up 45 degrees, L arm to side in front of body.
  • 2 &3: Head to left, cross both arms to front, then whip head to R to look at Man with hands on hips, footwork on &3, R hip up, weight on RF, L knee bent.
  • 4&1: three step turn 4& 1/2 turn only to face partner. On "1" LF back.
  • a23: Accent on 2, RF back, point L leg, transfer weight on LF on 3.
  • 4&1: RF fwd, three step turn, RF back on 1 in the position after turning in Closed Hip Twist.
  • 2 3: LF fwd with weight on 2, On 3, weight still on LF, swivel and ronde R leg and continue to turn left 1/4 turn
  • 4&1: put RF down fwd check, "&": weight on LF, "1",accent, drop RF and flick LF back.
  • 2: both knees together bent like in Samba 
  • 3: straight legs and smoothly settle on RF, R hip to right, which releases LF fwd 
  • 4: LF fwd, swivel to Man's right in position ready for Closed Hip Twist.
  • 1: RF fwd with weight.