Three Cha Cha Chas

Three Cha Cha Chas (Lock Step)

The Three Cha Cha Chas a Newcomer Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the different variation of the dance steps, including timing, hand hold; 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.

9 Steps. Timing is: 4&1, 2&3, 4&1

Hold:
  • Normal Hold
  • L to R hand hold
  • Low double hand hold
  • Alternating Pat-A-Cake hold
  • No hold
Position: can be danced in either Closed Position or Open Position

Leader

When Leader is doing Three Cha Cha Chas Forward, Follower is doing Three Cha Cha Chas Back.

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2 RF back

2
3
LF replace
At end of "3": twist
3 4 RF latin cross in front LF
Side lead, start Three Cha Cha Chas Forward
4 & LF locks behind RF
LF knee to the spot. Then, release R knee, L knee straight, step RF into next step.
5 1 RF steps directly under R shoulder, on center line
2 separate tracks; at the end, twist to R, side lead
Pat-A-Cake hand change: Man direct plane movement, rotate palm.
6 7 8 2 & 3 LF Latin Cross; RF lock, LF forward
Track LF before stepping LF into Latin Cross position
9 10 11 4 & 1 RF Latin Cross; LF lock, RF forward   Continue with Three Cha Cha Chas Back (see Lady's steps). 

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
12 2 LF forward check     
13 3 RF replace   
14 4 LF tracking through, step into Latin Cross behind RF   Side lead. start Three Cha Cha Chas Back 
15 RF slide back   Arm wheel out to the side, from elbow, then forearm, then hand.
16 1 LF back on central line again, 2 tracks   Styling option: At the end, finish arm, wrapping LH behind head before coming down (pat-a-cake) switch hand with Man.
17 18 19 2 & 3 RF Latin Cross back; LF lock in front; RF back    
20 21 22 4 & 1 LF Latin Cross back; RF lock in front; LF back    

Lady's Overturned variation

Hand hold: Man's LH to Lady's RH

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
12 2 LF forward check     
13 3 RF replace    At the end "&", Man left side back, side is attached to his elbow, over turn lady to her L, Lady's LF in spiral position.
Lady's upper R arm should still be connected to the side of her body, don't over rotate. turns 90, not 180.
14 4 LF forward   Cha Cha Forward lock
Styling: arm extend to side on the plane; or keep arm on hip all the time.
15 RF locks behind LF    
16 1 LF forward   At the end "&": turn to R to face partner again
17 18 19 2 & 3 RF Latin Cross back; LF lock in front; RF back   At the end "&": over turn to L again,
20 21 22 4 & 1 LF forward, RF locks behind, LF forward   Repeat forward lock;
At the every end, turn to R to face partner again.

Variation 1: Three Cha Cha Chas Back (for Man)

  • Man: 3 backward Locks starting with LF.
  • Lady: 3 forward Locks starting RF

Variation 2: Three Cha Cha Chas Forward (for Man)

  • Man: 3 forward Locks starting with RF.
    • when changing foot, turn the ribs (do not swing legs)
  • Lady: 3 backward Locks starting LF

Variation 3: Three Cha Cha Chas Forward In Right Side Position (RSP)

Preceding step: Step 1, 2 of Hand to Hand to RSP.
  • Man: 3 forward Locks starting with LF.
  • Lady: 3 forward Locks starting RF
Last 3 steps can be danced as a side chasse, after turning to face partner.

Variation 3: Three Cha Cha Chas Forward In Left Side Position (LSP)

Preceding step: Step 1, 2 of Hand to Hand to LSP.
  • Man: 3 forward Locks starting with RF.
  • Lady: 3 forward Locks starting LF
Last 3 steps can be danced as a side chasse, after turning to face partner.

Videos