Natural Opening Out Movement

Cha Cha Cha Natural Opening Out Movement

The Cha Cha Natural Opening Out Movement 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 to side or fwd in RSP
Slight body turn to R
Rotate frame to R
2
3
Transfer weight to RF


3 4 5
4 & 1
Compact Chasse LRL End in Closed Position
Slight body turn to L to normal position over 3 - 5

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back in RSP
1/2 to R
The turn starts at end of previous figure on "1" (or end of "1")               
Forward Walk Turn, split weight and turn.
Rotate the core, don't distort relative position of R arm and body.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF

At end of "3", rotate, track RF next to LF.
3 4 5
4 & 1
RF fwd and slightly across LF to chasse RLR, to end RF to side in Closed Position
1/4 to L, then a further 1/4 over 4 & 5


Per coach: the differences between Closed Hip Twist and Natural Opening Out Movement: (though this is different from the chart)

   Closed Hip Twist
 Natural Opening Out Movement
 Amount of Turn
 Lady does 1/2
Lady does 1/4 (chart says 1/2)
 Man's step 1
Man step forward
Man step side (chart says fwd is ok)
 Hold  Closed Hold
 "elbow hold" - both arms extended, Lady's LH near Man's R elbow.
 Chasse  Lady does pressed chasse (RF cross in front of LF)
Lady does Compact Chasse (RF closed to LF) - (chart says RF fwd, slightly across LF)
 Finishing  end in PP
 ending in closed position