Cuban Breaks

Cha Cha Cha Cuban Breaks

Cha Cha Cuban Breaks 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.

Cuban Breaks may be danced at any time when in Closed or Open Position without hold, from Open PP, Open CPP, RSP and LSP positions. Commencing position and hold is according to preceding figure.

Left Foot Cuban Break (Lady or Man)

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
LF fwd and across, toe turned out. Small step. 1/8 to R May be danced without turn.
2
& Replace weight to RF
Ball of foot.
3
3 LF to side 1/8 to L
4 & Replace weight to RF -- Ball of foot.
5 6 7 4&1 Repeat 1-3 Same as step 1-3 Step 6:  Ball of foot.

Right Foot Cuban Break (Lady or Man)

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
RF fwd and across, toe turned out. Small step. 1/8 to L May be danced without turn.
Check action. 
Keep both hands in center during the figure.
2
& Replace weight to LF
Ball of foot.
3
3 RF to side 1/8 to R
4 & Replace weight to LF -- Ball of foot. R knee slightly bent before placing weight on it again.
5 6 7 4&1 Repeat 1-3 Same as step 1-3 Step 6:  Ball of foot.

Notes
  • On Cuban Breaks, use the hips to counterbalance foot movements, to allow for faster, free movement. 
  • Both Man and Lady would be stepping forward on Cuban Breaks, except one is doing RF Cuban Break, the other is doing LF Cuban Break.
Split Cuban Breaks can be danced in lace or normal Cuban Break and may be commenced with either foot in any of the positions given for Cuban Breaks.

Split Cuban Break (Lady or Man)

  • 2 & 3: Dance 1-3 of LF Cuban Break LRL
  • 4 & 1: Dance 1-3 of RF Cuban Break RLR
Note:
  • Footwork: Ball flat on each step.
  • Variation: Dance from Open PP or Open CPP: turn, changing hands as in new York. Dance more turn if dancing the New York with quick timing and use only one step in place of the chasse.
Variations when commenced facing partner without hold:
  • Amalgamation:
    • Man: LF Cuban Break; Lady: RF Time Step, or 1-5 of Closed Basic Movement
    • Man: RF Cuban Break; Lady:  accept the lead and dance a LF Cuban Break.
    • Man: Spot or Switch Turn to R; Lady RF Cuban Break
    • Man: RF Time Step, or 6-10 Closed Basic Movement; Lady: Spot or Switch Turn to R.
Variations when commenced in RSP or LSP:
  • Amalgamation:
    • Fan (234&1 234&1)
    • Hockey Stick ended in LSP  (234&1 234&1)
    • Man: LF Cuban Break; Lady: RF Cuban Break (2&3&4&1)
    • Man: RF Cuban Break; Lady: LF Cuban Break  (2&3&4&1)
    • New York LSP (No turn on 1) (234&1)
    • Spot Turn to L (Lady to R) (234&1)
  • Amalgamation:
    • Hand to Hand RSP (23)
    • Three Cha Cha Chas Fwd in RSP (4&1 2&3 4&1)
    • Split Cuban Break (Man: RF, Lady LF) (2&3 4&1)
    • New York RSP (No turn on 1) end facing partner (234&1)