Fan

Cha Cha Fan

The Cha Cha Fan 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


2 3
Transfer weight to RF
1/8 to L over 2-5
3 4 5 
4 & 1
LF to side, slightly back to chasse LRL


6 2 RF back

Lower left arm to left side at waist level
7 3 Transfer weight to LF

Increase tone in left arm, release right hand hold
8 9 10
4 & 1
RF to side to chasse RLR end in Fan Position 
Slightly extend left arm. Left hand still.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 

Notes
1 2
RF back


2 3
Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over 2-5
3 4 5 
4 & 1
LF to side, chasse RLR

For basic Bronze Fan, do side and slightly forward.
6 2
LF fwd

Don't rush through. Forward walk on diagonal. Forward Check Walk.
There is a lot of energy toward your partner on this "&" before RF steps back.
LF rotates before RF back.
7 3
RF back and slightly to side
1/8 to left (turn happens in last half of previous step)
8 9 10
4 & 1
Back Lock, LRL, end in Fan Position
1/8 to L 
Keep tone in R arm to Man, Man should not feel the arm is "empty". Keep body position (shoulders down).

Finishing Fan: L hip laterally to left, do not rotate to back.

When coming out of Fan, rotate L hip to left, which sends RF out in front - for a connected movement.
  • Begin in closed position.
  • Variations:
    • Man can take 1/4 L over steps 2-5 and 1/8 over 7-10. (Lady: 1/4 L over 2-5, 3/8 over 7-10)
    • Gold: Man and Lady: Guapacha timing could be used on 6-10.
    • Sliver & Bronze variation below is what's often used/seen

Leader (Silver/Gold)

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
Notes
1 2
LF fwd


2 3
Transfer weight to RF
1/4 to L over 2-5
3 4 5 
4 & 1
LF to side, slightly back to chasse LRL, ending promenade postion


6 2 RF back

Lower left arm to left side at waist level
7 3 Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over 7-10
Increase tone in left arm, release right hand hold
8 9 10
4 & 1
RF to side to chasse RLR end in Fan Position 
Slightly extend left arm. Left hand still.

Follower (Silver/Gold)

Step Timing Movement 

Notes
1 2
RF back


2 3
Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over 2-5
3 4 5 
4 & 1
Diag fwd lock RLR, end in PP


6 1
LF fwd, passing in front of Man's body


7 2
RF fwd inline with LF, then turn to end RF back
1/2 to L, body turns less

8 9 10
4 & 1
Back Lock, LRL, end in Fan Position
body completes turn