Advanced Hip Twist
Cha Cha Cha Advanced Hip Twist
The Advanced Hip Twist is a Silver 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.
2: LF to side or fwd in RSP | slight body turn to R
3: Transfer weight to RF
4 & 1: LF behind RF (Cuban Cross) to chasse LRL | 1/8 to L (LF), body turns less
Man can do slip chasse, or ronde chasse.
Count 4: Heel is not lowered and knee remains flexed.
Count 1 : Pressed Backward Walk
2: RF back | body completes turn
3: Transfer weight to LF | 1/8 to L over steps 7-10
4 & 1: RF to side to chasse RLR, end in Fan Position
Hip Twist Chasse.
2: RF back in RSP | 1/2 to R
Turn starts at e/o previous beat by turning shoulder first. Then sharp turn to R.
Do not "fall" back, body is quite forward. After turning 1/2 turn, RF is in front with a lot of pressure, then quick release to step back (like backward walk). Do not let spine fall back.
Keep right shoulder back, squeeze R side, settle.
3: Transfer weight to LF
e/o beat, starts turn
Weight on to LF, make sure to dance the L hip up and forward before turning.
Turn more than 1/2 turn, head sharp turn to L as well.
4 & 1: RF fwd in line with LF towards Man's R side to chasse RLR | 5/8 to L
Turn starts at e/o previous beat,
"4": This is Pressed Forward walk with RF, a bit diagonal to L, RF crosses in front of LF, on ball of RF, demi-point, R heel is not lowered, R knee remains flexed. (it's a fwd step, really throw L hip back. hip should not be flat)
"&": LF closed to RF, both knees bent.
"1": RF to side, still facing Man at this moment. (Connected movement with L side twisting and RF stepping to side.) R side squeeze, R hip high. Settle R hip. (Not a lot of time. Hit the accent, then immediately go settle R hip and go.)
In routines, sometimes this "1" can be styled with an accent: RF to side, accent, head sharp turn to R, body is still parallel to Man. L shoulder slightly up, R side squeeze, R hip high, matching Man's line. Looking direction: diagonal.
"&": turn 1/4 to R.
Keep head stable. (Not moving head left and right.)
A Twist Chasse may be danced.
2: LF fwd passing in front of Man | 1/4 to R
Turn starts at e/o previous beat,
Turn is initiated from hips, which are turned more than upper body
3: RF fwd in line with LF, then turn to end RF back | 1/2 to L, body turns less
Turn at end of beat "&". After turning. body weight into RH, pressure with Man first (tone in RH with Man), before doing back lock.
4 & 1: Back Lock LRL, end in Fan Position
body completes turn
Man holding lady on palm, not around fingers. arms low, at lady's waist level.
End of "1": drop heel, "1&" - on "&", settle L hip, which draws in RF, preparing for next figure, e.g. Hockey Stick.
Alternative finishing positions:
Open Position: Man turn 3/8 to L over steps 7-10
Man turn 1/2 to L over steps 7-10, dancing chasse side and slightly forward.
Lady 3/4 to L over steps 7-10 dancing chasse with LF behind RF (Cuban Cross). Remain normal hold throughout.
Open Basic Movement (Open Basic; Or, 1,2 of Open Basic to Three Cha Cha Chas Back; Or 1-5 of Open Basic to Natural Top)
Reverse Top (6-10 or 6-15 Reverse Top)