Follow My Leader

Cha Cha Cha Follow My Leader - Follow My Leader

The Cha Cha Follow My Leader is a Gold 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
1-5
2 3 4& 1
1-5 as Alemana from Open Position No turn On step 5, start to circle L hand clock wise.
6 2 RF behind LF (Cuban Cross) 3/8 to R over step 6 and 7 Continue to circle L hand clockwise. Release R hand hold.
7 3 LF side
Gradually lower L arm behind back
8-10 4& 1 Fwd Lock in Tandem Position, Lady behind, RLR 1/4 to R over steps 8 ~ 10 Release L hand hold on step 9, then visual lead
11 2 LF fwd 3/8 to L over steps 11-12
12 3 RF fwd

13 14 15 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP, Lady in front, LRL 3/8 to L over steps 13-15
16 2 RF fwd 3/8 to R over step 16-17
17 3 LF fwd

18 19 20 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP, lady behind, RLR 3/8 to R oer steps 18-20
21 2 LF fwd 3/8 to L over steps 21-22
22 3 RF fwd

23 24 25 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP, Lady in front, LRL 3/8 to L over steps 23-25
26 2 RF back No turn
27 3 Transfer weight LF --
28 29 30 4& 1 RF to sdie to chasse RLR. End in Open Position -- take required hold at the end.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1-5
2 3 4& 1
1-5 as Alemana from Open Position No turn on steps 1-4, 1/8 to R on step 5.
6 2 LF fwd under raised arm 3/8 to R Turn starts at end of previous beat of music
7 3 RF fwd 3/8 to R Turn starts at end of previous beat of music
8-10 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP behind Man, LRL 1/4 to R over steps 8 to 10
11 2 RF fwd 3/8 to L over steps 11, 12
12 3 LF fwd

13 14 15 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP in front of Man, RLR 3/8 to L over steps 13-15
16 2 LF fwd 3/8 to R over steps 16, 17
17 3 RF fwd

18 19 20 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP behind Man, LRL 3/8 to R over steps 18-20
21 2 RF fwd 3/8 to L over steps 21 22
22 3 LF fwd

23 24 25 4& 1 Fwd Lock in TP in front of Man, RLR 3/8 to L over steps 23-25
26 2 LF fwd 3/8 to R over steps 26 27
27 3 RF fwd

28 4 Close LF near to RF 1 1/8 to R over steps 28 - 29 Turn starts at end of previous beat of music. Most turn is made on step 28 at end of previous beat.
29 & Close RF to LF

30 1 LF to sdie. End in Open Position No turn. Option: Lady could step LF back.

Notes
  • Steps 8 through 25 have a figure 8 pattern.
    • When turning R, Man takes slightly smaller steps. Lady is following him and her circumference of circle is larger.)
    • When turning L, the roles are reversed, and Lady takes smaller steps.
  • Alternative finishing position
    • Man and Lady dance a fwd lock toward partner's R side on steps 28-30. Man turns body slightly R to invite Lady to his R side. Then, follow with Advanced Hip Twist or Hip Twist Spiral.