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Cha Cha Basic Movement
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1a. Cha Cha Basic Movement

The Cha Cha Basic Movement consists of 10 steps, which are a combination of alternating rock steps and chasses danced in closed or open facing position, to the rhythm of 2,3,4&1. Each rock step is danced on counts 2,3, each chasse on counts 4&1.

The rock steps of a Cha Cha Basic Movement alternate forward and backward, the left foot taking the forward rock, the right foot taking the back rock.

The chasses can be danced sideways (side-together-side), or as a "Compact Chasse" in place by shifting weight from foot to foot with feet together (together-together-together).

Chasses can also be danced forward and backward. For more information, see Cha Cha Progressive Basic Movement.

The basic movement can be taken with or without turn. When turning, most of the turn is taken between the two steps of the rock step and the first step of the chasse. Partners turn equally at the same time. Up to 3/4 turn can be taken over the 10-step pattern.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
Prep1Right foot side. 
 
12Left foot forward. 
23Replace weight to right foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left can be made between 1-2. 
3-54&1Chasse to side or compact chasse, LRL. 
 
62Right foot back. 
73Replace weight to left foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left can be made between 6-7. 
8-104&1Chasse to side or compact chasse, RLR. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
Prep1Left foot side. 
 
12Right foot back. 
23Replace weight to left foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left can be made between 1-2 (according to man). 
3-54&1Chasse to side or compact chasse, RLR. 
 
62Left foot forward. 
73Replace weight to right foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left can be made between 6-7 (according to man). 
8-104&1Chasse to side or compact chasse, LRL. 
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Progressive Basic>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-5 Progressive Basic>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Open Break>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Underarm Turn to Left>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Crossover Break to Left>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Crossover Break to Right>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Crossover Breaks Forward>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Crossover with Double Rock>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-7 Crossover with Double Rock>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic MovementWhen 1-7 of Crossover with Double Rock is taken on counts 4,1,2,3, 4&1.
Fifth Position Breaks>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-5 Fifth Position Breaks>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Crossover Back Breaks>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-5 Crossover Back Breaks>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Crossover Turns>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-5 Crossover Turns>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Offset Breaks>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-5 Offset Breaks>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Cross-Body Lead>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Progressive Cross Triples>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-11 Progressive Cross Triples>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Stop and Go>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Underarm Turn to Left
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Crossover Breaks Forward
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>Crossover Break to LeftPartners releasing to open position with two-hand hold over 3-5 of Basic Movement.
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>Crossover with Double Rock to LeftPartners releasing to open position with two-hand hold over 3-5 of Basic Movement.
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Crossover with Double Rock
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Fifth Position Breaks
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>5th Position Breaks to LeftMan releasing LH-RH hold and placing left hand on lady
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>6-10 Crossover Back Breaks
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Crossover Back BreaksPartners releasing to open position with two-hand hold over 8-10 of Basic Movement.
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Crossover TurnsMan must lead first Crossover Turn from LH-RH hold.
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>6-10 Crossover Turns
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>6-10 Offset Breaks
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Offset Breaks
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Cross-Body Lead
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Progressive Cross Triples
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>12-22 Progressive Cross Triples
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Stop and Go


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