Hip Twist Spiral

Cha Cha Cha Hip Twist Spiral

The Cha Cha Hip Twist Spiral 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
2
LF to side or fwd in RSP
slight body turn to R
Increase tone and lower L arm to R at chest level. Widen R arm hold to R side.
2
3
Transfer weight to RF


3 4 5
4 & 1
Ronde chasse ended in PP, LRL
1/8 to L (LF), body turns less on step 3. body completes turn on step 4. No turn on step 5.
Return arms to normal position, slightly to R on step 3. Lower L arm to Promenade shape on step 5.
Option: lead lady into Spiral on this step 5 (count "1").
6
2
RF back
No turn

7
3
Transfer weight to LF
1/4 to L over steps 7-10 L arm slightly to L then raise L hand above Lady's R shoulder to circle counterclock wise, leading Lady's spiral.
8 9 10
4 & 1
Fwd Lock RLR. End RF diag forward in Open CPP.

Continue to circle L hand counterclock wise, slowly lowering to L side, just below shoulder level.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back in RSP
1/2 to R
turn starts at e/o previous beat

Do not "fall" back, body is quite forward. After turning 1/2 turn, RF is in front with a lot of pressure, then quick release to step back (like backward walk). Do not let spine falling back.

keep right shoulder back, settle.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF

e/o beat, starts turn
3 4 5
4 & 1
Twist Chasse, ended RF diag fwd in PP.
5/8 to L on step 3, 1/4 to R on 4, No turn on 5.
turn starts at e/o previous beat.
Pressed Forward Walk.
Option: if Man leads it, do another Spiral Turn on count "1".
6
2
LF fwd passing in front of Man
No turn.

7
3
RF fwd in line with LF,  then turn underarm allowing LF to cross in front without weight (Spiral turn)
1 turn to L
Turn is made on ball of RF with foot flat (T of LF)
(Extended Forward Walk may be used on this step.)
8
4
LF fwd
1/8 to L
9 & Close RF to LF 1/2 to L turn starts e/o previous beat.
10 1 LF diag fwd in Open CPP. 1/8 to L  

Notes