New Dancers

Cha Cha

This is a list of the Phase 2 & 3 moves (greyed out indicates progress)

BasicHand to HandWhip
Fence LineSpot TurnChase
New Yorker
(to open/face)
Cucaracha  Traveling Door
Walk & Forward Cha½ BasicReverse Underarm Turn 
Circle ChaUnderarm TurnCrab Walk
Time StepLariatBack Break to [..]
Shoulder to Shoulder….. in 4Chase Peek-a-boo
Slide the DoorOpen Break 


Welcome to your page on Cha, each week we will add a brief description about what you have accomplished so that it will help you familiarise yourself with with the terminology and putting a name to a figure.  Cha is danced with a loose hold and five steps in every measure of music, 1, 2, cha/cha, cha.  This means that each consecutive figure begins with the other foot.

Cucaracha's - Side Step                                  Basic - Forward/Back Step
New Yorker - Thru Step                                  Fenceline - Forward Crossing Step
Shoulder to Shoulder - Crossing Step (Man in front, Lady behind)
Walking Cha - Walk 2, Step/Close Step         Time Step - Back Crossing Step. No hands
Spot Turn - Thru Step Full Turn. No hands.

Many of the Cha figures compose of a step, recover, side/close, side.

Week 1
Cucaracha's - With your lead foot free, mans left ladies right, step to the side placing your weight onto the stepping foot, then place your other foot back down changing weight, you then step in place three times.  You should now have the trail foot free, step to the side placing your weight onto the stepping foot, then place your other foot back down changing weight, you then step in place three times.

Basic - Step forward changing weight, recover back changing weight then step in place three times.  Step back, recover then step in place three times. 
  , 
New Yorker - Step thru opening out keeping lead hands joined with a 90 degree turn.  Recover back to face and then step in place three times.  Then repeat stepping thru this time with the trail feet and trail hands joined.

Fenceline - Step forward changing weight on a slight crossing diagonal, recover changing weight again then step in place three times.  Then repeat the forward diagonal step, recover and step in place three times with the trail feet.  

As you become more confident the step in place three times can become a side/close, side.  With each small step having a change of weight.  The step recover with weight changes is often referred to as a rock recover.

Week 2
Shoulder to Shoulder - Step forward/back changing weight on a slight crossing diagonal, recover changing weight again then step in place three times.  Then repeat the forward/back diagonal step, recover and step in place three times with the trail feet.  The mans' steps are as with the Fenceline however the Lady steps back instead of forward.  

New Yorker to Open - Step thru opening out with lead hands joined.  Recover back to face and then step in place three times, turning to line and open on the last step with trail hands joined.

Walk 2 & Cha - Walk two steps then step forward/close forward.

Circle Cha - Walk two steps, turning away from your partner in a circle.  Then step forward/close forward ending up halfway around facing in the opposite direction. Then complete the circle with walk two steps, step forward/close forward into butterfly or open as directed.  

Walking Cha - Walk two steps then step forward/close forward. Then walk two steps, step forward/close forward. 

Week 3
Time Step - Both the man & the lady rock behind, remembering not to cross to far  on the diagonal.  This figure is done with no hand hold. Then recover side/close side.
 
Spot Turn - This is your first turning figure and the first step is a thru step similar to a New Yorker but as you take it you over turn, turning half way around.  Remember to change weight with each step and while turning the second recover step is in place on the spot with the third side step completing the full turn. Then close & side.