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 "4&1": small locks toward Man, build the tension, till the end, sharp half turn to R (turn body first, then snap hips and head).

Settle.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF

e/o beat, starts turn by turning shoulder first, then snap hips and turn more.
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

"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.
"&": LF closed to RF, both knees bent.
"1": RF to side, slightly back, still facing Man at this moment. (Connected movement with L side twisting and RF stepping to side.)
"&": turn 1/2 to R.

Keep head stable, not moving left and right.
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 step
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 next step, i.e. 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.