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1b. Progressive 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

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position.
 
Prep1Right foot forward. 
 
12Left foot forward. 
23Replace weight to right foot. 
3-54&1Back lock step or chasse, LRL. 
 
62Right foot back. 
73Replace weight to left foot. 
8-104&1Forward lock step or chasse, RLR. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position.
 
Prep1Left foot back. 
 
12Right foot back. 
23Replace weight to left foot. 
3-54&1Forward chasse, RLR. 
 
62Left foot forward. 
73Replace weight to right foot. 
8-104&1Back chasse, LRL. 
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Cha Cha Basic Movement>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Progressive Basic>> Progressive Basic
Open Break>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Underarm Turn to Left>> Progressive Basic
Crossover Break to Left>> Progressive Basic
Crossover Break to Right>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Crossover with Double Rock>> Progressive Basic
1-7 Crossover with Double Rock>>6-10 Progressive BasicWhen 1-7 of Crossover with Double Rock is taken on counts 4,1,2,3, 4&1.
Fifth Position Breaks>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Fifth Position Breaks>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Crossover Back Breaks>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Crossover Back Breaks>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Crossover Turns>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Crossover Turns>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Offset Breaks>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Offset Breaks>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Cross-Body Lead>> Progressive Basic
Progressive Cross Triples>> Progressive Basic
1-11 Progressive Cross Triples>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Stop and Go>> Progressive Basic
Progressive Basic>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
1-5 Progressive Basic>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Progressive Basic>> Progressive Basic
Progressive Basic>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to RightDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
1-5 Progressive Basic>>Underarm Turn to R.Step 5 of Progressive Basic taken to side.
Progressive Basic>> Underarm Turn to LeftStep 10 of Progressive Basic taken to side.
Progressive Basic>> Crossover Breaks ForwardDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
Progressive Basic>> Crossover with Double RockDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
Progressive Basic>> Fifth Position BreaksDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
Progressive Basic>> Crossover Back BreaksDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
Progressive Basic>> Crossover TurnsDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
Progressive Basic>> Offset Breaks
Progressive Basic>> Cross-Body Lead
Progressive Basic>> Progressive Cross Triples
1-5 Progressive Basic>>12-22 Progressive Cross Triples
Progressive Basic>> Stop and GoDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.


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