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Cucarachas

Rumba Cucarachas

This is a Newcomer Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of dance steps, including timing, and movement; 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 with part weight.
--
This is LF Cucaracha.
2 3
Transfer weight to RF

Flat Foot.
3 4 1
Close LF to RF


1
2 RF to side with part weight

This is RF Cucaracha
2
3 Transfer weight to LF

Flat Foot.
3
4 1
Close RF to LF


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF to side with part weight.
--
This is LF Cucaracha.
No artificial forward "tick". Center moving forward is a result of figure 8 action.
2 3
Transfer weight to LF

Flat Foot.
There is only partial weight transfer, not full weight.
3 4 1
Close RF to LF

On '4': when feet come close together, do it sharp, fast, rotate hip and try to show bigger gap between one bent leg and one straight leg.
On '1': distinct, quick weight switch. Knee draping across each other.
There could be different dynamics. Steal time: really twist (think of twisting wet towel), and then last second, twist.
1
2 LF to side with part weight

This is RF Cucaracha.
2
3 Transfer weight to RF

Flat Foot.
3
4 1
Close LF to RF.


Technique Notes

  • Cucaracha is 3 steps ended with feet together.
  • Start in Closed Position. See Rumba Technique for details on hip motion.
  • Feet relative direction to each other: side, side and slightly fwd or back, fwd or diagonally fwd, back or diagonally back.
  • Feet are apart with part weight.
  • Gold level: A Press Line may be used by Man when dancing a fwd Cucaracha by allowiing Rf to swivel slightly to R as he steps a fwd LF in line with RF, on ball of foot with hell raised.
    • L knee is flexed, R leg straight and RF flat.
    • There is no hip movement.
    • The Press Line may be used on 1 of Advaned, Continuous and Circular Hip Twists.