Hockey Stick

Cha Cha Cha Hockey Stick

The Cha Cha Hockey Stick 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
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2
3
Transfer weight to RF
--

3 4 5
4 & 1
Compact Chasse LRL
--
The hand goes up on 1, but remains to the right side of the lady.
Alternative: Ronde Chasse.
6
2
RF behind LF (Cuban Cross)
1/8 to R

7
3
LF fwd small step
--
On 3, the hand is brought across the lady's face, causing her to turn 1/8. On the & after 3, the lady is turned a half-turn.
8 9 10
4 & 1
Fwd Lock in Open Position RLR
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Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
Close RF to LF
Nil
Start with good posture, neck back, don't stick head forward.
End of previous measure, "&": L hip twist to back,  wind up the hip, which brings RF close to LF. (do not step back)
on "2", pendulum diagonally forward on right side.
"&": twist hip to the right, which will bring LF forward (directly place it sharp and then use the next "3"count to show off weight transfer).
Sharpness: torque - continuous. once the hip is flat, there is no sharpness.
Arm: draw in L arm across the body.
2
3
LF fwd
Nil
small step.
Arm: L arm starts going out. Could keep it on the hip.
3 4 5
4 & 1
Fwd Lock RLR
Nil
Keep going straight, in front of Man, don't veer off to left.

Think about body design, don't go too far, create arm window, R hand on left shoulder, make sure both shoulders down, don't raise shoulders.

Difference from Alemana: R hand directly comes up (plane of wheel) and then close to Lady's left (plane of table).

Alternative - do checked chasse instead of forward lock:
4: RF fwd
&: check: make sure it has 50% weight, do not put all weight on front foot
1: RF closes to LF, twist hip
6
2
LF fwd
1/8 to L
Step straight first, then turn 1/8 to L on this step, so next step is diagonal fwd (making it a hockey stick).
Man's arm should be in front of Lady's face, or already over on Lady's L shoulder. (Lady can help putting his arm on her L shoulder.)

Ending "&": Do Flexible turn - turning upper body (leaving head and foot where it is, on next "3", sharp turn head and hips.
7
3
RF fwd in line with LF, then turn underarm to end RF back 1/2 to L, body turns less
Forward Walk Turn.
After turning, use front LF to push the floor and release to step back.
8 9 10
4 & 1
Back Lock in Open Position LRL body completes turn
Spine moves straight back, do not veer off to left side.
Give the Man tone in the arm. (extend the arm)
Man/Lady together is not on same line as started, turned 1/8, that's why it's a hockey stick.
  • Other Finishing positions:
    • Open CPP
      • Man leads Lady to overturn towards end of 7, both taking 8 diagonally fwd in Open CPP to chasse.
      • Lady turns an additional 1/4 L on RF using a loosely crossed spiral action.
    • Left Side Position (LSP)
      • Man leads Lady to overturn towards end of 7, then turns 1/8 R to chasse fwd, lowering L arm and taking it fwd to below shoulder level.
      • Lady turns towards end of 7 as for CPP above, then turns an additional 1/8 L, to chasse fwd
      • Forward Runs could be used in place of last chasse