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American Style Cha Cha
Progressive Basic
1b. Progressive Basic
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Progressive Basic
Dance / Level:Beginning Bronze American Style Cha Cha
Aliases:Open Basic, Forward and Back Basic

The Cha Cha Progressive Basic is a 10-step pattern consisting of a combination of alternating rock steps and progressive (forward & backward) chasses taken in closed or open facing position, to the rhythm 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 Progressive Basic alternate forward and backward, the left foot taking the forward rock, the right foot taking the back rock.

The Chasses are taken forward (forward-close-forward) and backward (back-close-back). The left foot takes the backward chasse following the forward rock step, and the right foot takes the forward chasse following the back rock step.

The Cha Cha Progressive Basic can also be danced with partners standing completely apart. This is the foundation for the syllabus pattern known as The Chase.

Chasse Alternatives
Two actions commonly used in place of the chasses are lock steps and progressive runs.

Progressive runs are a series of 3 passing steps forward or backward on counts 4&1 of the Progressive Basic. The left foot takes the backward progressive runs following the forward rock step, and the right foot takes the forward progressive runs following the back rock step. The footwork of all 3 forward runs is ball-flat, while all backward runs have the footwork ball-heel.

Forward and backward lock steps are a series of 3 steps taken to the counts 4&1, where the second step is crossed, e.g.:

Forward Lock

  • (4) RF forward, ball-flat
  • (&) Cross LF behind RF, ball
  • (1) RF forward, ball-flat

Back Lock

  • (4) LF back, ball
  • (&) Cross RF in front of LF, ball-flat
  • (1) LF back, ball-flat


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