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") e.g. after Natural Top, then do 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/swivel, 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


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