Cha Cha

A collection of contemporary cha cha figures.

Basic

  • Basic (Closed Position)
  • Basic (Two Hands)
  • Basic (One Hand)
  • Chalypso (No Hands, Personal Style)

Basic Turns

  • Spot Turn
  • Outside Turn Past Lead’s Left
  • Inside Turn Past Lead’s Right
  • Double Outside Turn Past Lead’s Left
  • Double Inside Turn Past Lead’s Left
  • Dishrag (Two Easy Possibilities)
  • Simultaneous Turn Toward Lead’s Left

Breaks

  • Fall Away Breaks (Simple Exit)
  • Fall Away Breaks (Underarm Turn Exit)
  • Cross Over Breaks (Rollaway Exit)
  • Cross Over Breaks (Underarm Turn Exit)
  • Continuous Cross Over Rollaways
  • Cross Over, Side Step, Cha Cha Back, Rock Step, Cha Cha Forward, Rollaway, Cha Cha Side
  • Repeat That to Both Sides in Sequence
  • Cross Over, Side Step, Cha Cha Back, Rock Step, Cha Cha Forward, Rollaway, Cha Cha Side, Fall Away
  • Parallel Breaks (Follow Backing)
  • Parallel Breaks (Lead Backing, with Spot Turn Exit)
  • Hand to Hand Parallel Breaks with Spot Turn Exit
  • Hand to Hand Parallel Breaks into Sombrero

Chase

  • Chase (Half Turns CW)
  • Chase (Full Turn CW)
  • Chase (Full Turn CCW)
  • He Goes She Goes (Full Turn CW, with Left to Right Hands)
  • He Goes She Goes (with Behind the Back Hand Change)
  • He Goes She Goes (with a Kiss)

Cross Body Lead

  • Cross Body Lead (Two Hand Position)
  • Cross Body Lead (Closed Position)
  • Repeated Cross Body Leads
  • Cross Body Lead with Inside Turn
  • Cross Body Lead into Cross Over Breaks
  • Cross Body Lead with CCW Dishrag, to Two Handed He Goes, to Two Handed Cross Body Lead with Inside Turn
  • Repeated Cross Body Lead with CCW Dishrag to He Goes to Cross Body Lead with CCW Dishrag, etc

Sombrero

  • Sombrero (Right Over Left Turn on 5 to Face Loop on 1 to Cross Body Lead on 5)
  • Sombrero (After Lead’s Behind the Back Hand Change)
  • Sombrero (With Shoulder Turn Cross Body Lead)

Matador

  • Two Handed Spot Turn to Matador
  • Outside Turn Past Lead’s Left to Matador
  • Parallel Matador Cha Cha
  • Matador Wheel
  • Spot Turn Out of Matador
  • Pretzel Out of Matador

Around the World

  • Around the World
  • Around the World with Pivaloop on Bar 3
  • Matador Around the World
  • Matador Around the World with Pivaloop on Bar 3
  • Around the World as the World Turns

Cradle

  • Walk Around Wrap to Cradle
  • Inside Turn Past Lead’s Right to Cradle
  • Cross Body Inside Turn to Cradle
  • Simple Turn Exit
  • Double Turn Exit
  • Simple Unwind Exit
  • Unwind with Extra Turn Exit
  • Free Spin Exit
  • Tornado Exit with Sunburst
  • Tornado Exit with Mixmaster and Sunburst

Rock Step Figures

  • Shadow (a.k.a. Sweetheart, Varsouvienne, Horseshoe, or Cape)
  • Simple Exit
  • Shadow to Windows
  • Mixmaster Exit

Traveling

  • Reverse Turning Cha Cha*

Sunburst

  • Sunburst (Out of Crossed Hands)
  • Sunburst (Just for Fun)

Timings

  • Break on 1
  • Break on 2
  • Start Somewhere Else

Optional Styling

  • Latin Hips (Yes, These Are Optional)
  • Personal Chalypso Style

Transitions

  • Cha Cha to Sweet Lindy: With Swing Out Hands, Man Rocks Back on 1, to Swing Out
  • Sweet Lindy to Cha Cha: Lead in Front, Break Back on 5, Cha Cha Forward, Break Forward on 1
  • Cha Cha to West Coast Swing: 1) Step Back on 1 and 2 into Sugar Push or 2) Rock Back on 1 to Whip
  • West Coast Swing to Cha Cha: After Sugar Push, Step Forward on 1

Music

For cha cha music, see Dancing Tunes – Cha Cha.

Credit

Most variations learned from Richard Powers and Joan Walton. Others made up by Nick and Danielle.

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