Hip Twist Spiral

Cha Cha Cha Hip Twist Spiral

The Cha Cha Hip Twist Spiral is a Gold 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

    • Increase tone and lower L arm to R at chest level. Widen R arm hold to R side.

  • 3: Transfer weight to RF

  • 4 & 1: Ronde chasse ended in PP, LRL | 1/8 to L (LF), body turns less on step 3. body completes turn on step 4. No turn on step 5.

    • Return arms to normal position, slightly to R on step 3. Lower L arm to Promenade shape on step 5.

    • Option: lead lady into Spiral on this step 5 (count "1").

  • 2: RF back | No turn

  • 3: Transfer weight to LF | 1/4 to L over steps 7-10

    • L arm slightly to L then raise L hand above Lady's R shoulder to circle counterclock wise, leading Lady's spiral.

  • 4 & 1: Fwd Lock RLR. End RF diag forward in Open CPP.

    • Continue to circle L hand counterclock wise, slowly lowering to L side, just below shoulder level.


  • 2: RF back in RSP | 1/2 to R

    • Turn starts at e/o previous beat

    • 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, settle.

  • 3: Transfer weight to LF

    • e/o beat, starts turn

  • 4 & 1: Twist Chasse, ended RF diag fwd in PP. | 5/8 to L on step 3, 1/4 to R on 4, No turn on 5.

    • Turn starts at e/o previous beat.

    • Pressed Forward Walk.

    • Option: if Man leads it, do another Spiral Turn on count "1".

  • 2: LF fwd passing in front of Man | No turn.

  • 3: RF fwd in line with LF, then turn underarm allowing LF to cross in front without weight (Spiral turn) | 1 turn to L

    • Spiral Turn is made on ball of RF with foot flat (T of LF)

    • (Extended Forward Walk may be used on this step.)

  • 4: LF fwd | 1/8 to L

  • &: Close RF to LF | 1/2 to L

    • turn starts e/o previous beat.

  • 1: LF diag fwd in Open CPP. | 1/8 to L


Preceding Figures

  1. Alemana

  2. Follow My Leader

  3. Natural Top

  4. Open Hip Twist

  5. Rope Spinning

Following Figures

  1. New York LSP

  2. Spot or Switch Turn To R (Lady to L)

  3. Underarm Turn to L

  4. Three Cha Cha Chas Forward (step 4-9 in LSP)

  5. Cuban Break LF

  6. Split Cuban Break LF