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.

Closed Hold.

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

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.
15
1
Close RF to LF

11-15 of the steps may be danced.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
2
LF to side

Walking tangent to circle.

Keep a compact frame, maintain closed hold, do not slide off each other, shoulders square to each other. Pick up center, look at partner, not too tight with partner, try to create volume, slightly pushing away from each other, arm should feel a bit of tension, but not too much. 

Use standing foot to push to side 2nd position.
2
3
RF in front of LF, toe turned out

RF pretty much stays in place in between man's leg, Man and Lady will circle around imaginary center spot, keep bodies centered to each other. 

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.
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

Last step, more linear movement, not rotating any more.

11-15 of the steps may be danced.

Gold variation - with Lady's Left turn
  • 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.