Closed Hip Twist

Cha Cha Cha Closed Hip Twist

The Cha Cha Closed Hip Twist 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 to side or fwd in RSP
slight body turn to R

2
3
Transfer weight to RF


3 4 5
4 & 1
Compact Chasse LRL
very slight body turn to L
lower L arm.
6
2
RF back
slight body turn to L, to normal position

7
3
Transfer weight to LF
--
End of "3", twist, Man facing Lady,  RF ankle below knee.
8 9 10
4 & 1
RF to side to chasse RLR, end in Fan Position
--
Hip Twist Chasse. RF fwd, LF together, turning to R, RF to side, slightly forward.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back in RSP
1/2 to R
turn starts at e/o previous beat
keep right shoulder back, settle.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF

e/o beat, starts turn
3 4 5
4 & 1
RF fwd in line with LF towards Man's R side to chasse RLR
1/2 to L
turn starts at e/o previous beat
count "4": This is pressed walk with RF fwd, a big diagonal to L. (it's  a fwd step, really throw L hip back. hip should not be flat), knee flexed. heel is not lowered.
count "&": LF closed to RF, both knees bent.
count "1": RF to side, slightly back, still facing Man at this moment. (Connected movement with L side twisting and RF stepping to side.)
count "&": turn 1/2 to R.
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.
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 hockey stick.
  • Other finishing positions:
    • Open Position
      • Man turns 1/4 to L over 7-10
    • Open CPP
      • Man turn 1/8 L over 7 & 8, leading lady to overturn on 7, both taking 8 diagonally fwd to chasse in Open CPP
      • Lady turns an additional 1/8 L on 7 using a loosely crossed spiral action
    • Contact Position
      • Man 1/2 L over 7-10, dancing the ahsse side and slightly fwd.
      • Lady 3/4 L over 7-10 dancing the chasse with LF behind RF as Cuban Cross.
      • Normal hold retained througout.