Natural Top

Cha Cha Cha Natural Top

The Cha Cha Natural Top 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
RF behind LF (Cuban Cross)
up to 3 complete turns over 1-15

2
3
LF to side


3-14
4 & 1
2 3 4 & 1
2 3 4 &
Repeat 1 &2 six times

1, 7, 11 are Pressed Backward Walks
15
1
Close RF to LF


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
LF to side

walking tangent to circle.
2
3
RF in front of LF, toe turned out

RF pretty much stays in place in between man's leg, circle around imaginary center spot.
3-14
4 & 1
2 3 4 & 1
2 3 4 &
Repeat 1 & 2 six times

up to 3 complete turns over 1-15
15
1
LF to side



Notes:
  • Closed hold: different from Standard dances, try to create volume, slightly pushing away from each other, arm should feel a bit of tension. (not too much).
  • Maintain closed hold during Natural Top, do not slide off each other, shoulders square to each other.
  • Lady foot position: outside foot also tangent to the circle, inside foot step in between Man's legs.
  • No hip action, keep hip flat. The goal is to show off the amount of rotation. Because of the continuous turn, knees will not straighten fully, so only a slight natural hip movement is used.
  • Man and Lady will circle around center pole - keep bodies centered to each other.
  • 11-15 of the steps may be danced.
  • Man:
    • Heel of RF need not lower fully on 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 & 13 and should never lower until LF commences to move for the next step.
  • Gold variation:
    • While dancing 6, 7 of Natural Top, Man leads Lady to turn L under raised L arm, having release R hand hold.
    • Lady RF fwd and slightly across LF, turning 1/4 L on 6, then continue to turn L on RF and LF side almost facing partner on 7.
    • Regain normal hold and continue with 8-15 of Natural Top.
    • Lady's turn between 6 and 7 will depend on Man's turn.