Latin Lesson Notes
Cha Cha Cha
Shoulder opposition, squeeze side.
Hand: should not move randomly.
Turns: wind up first, then turn shoulder, spot head, lengthen spine, use core.
From Fan position: 2 - settle right away, RH has pull tension with Man.
Push and pull, right amount of tone without being too soft or stiff
Keep wrist flat, not twisted up.
Keep arm at waist level
Open Basic (One hand hold):
Start with settling on Lady's RF, which will be pushing into Man's hand, just enough pressure which comes from settling, not artificially created.
RF back rock on 2: R hip settling creates the pull with partner (keep hand at same place)
Forward Walk Turn:
23: 3 RF forward and slightly cross LF. One style: turn earlier on 3, leaving & to settle hip after turning. The other style: turn on &, sharp.
After turning, make sure to settle into R hip first, which creates push pressure with Man, then LF back.
Open Hip Twist:
41 after turning, settle R hip, which creates pull with Man.
2341: use Forward Walk Turn technique.
Opening Out Left and Right:
Forward Walk Turn, small step. Don't dip outside shoulder, contra twist upper body, present leg and side.
Could have slow or sharp/quick dynamic.
In general, weight more forward.
Stationary Samba Walk: 1a2: on 2 front foot slide back on flat foot. Weight forward, arms breathe.
Volta: fast crossing feet, straight legs, front foot turned out.
Cruzado Walks: foot forward step on the line or a bit cross the line.
Promenade Runs: 2: look at partner, shoulder parallel with partner, before opening.