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Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
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2. Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right

The Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right is actually a short, 2-measure combination of two components -- An Open Break, followed by the lady's Underarm Turn to Right. Although they can be taken separately, they are so commonly danced in succession that they are normally thought of as a single figure.

The Open Break

The Open Break describes a method the man can use to separate from the lady in preparation for movements taken in open facing position (e.g. Underarm Turns, Crossover Turns, etc). After a chasse to right, instead of taking a normal forward rock step on his left foot in tandem with the lady, the man will instead take a back rock step away from the lady. The couple finishes the movement in open facing position.

To lead the lady to step backwards, the man releases his right hand from her back (if in closed position), and lowers his left hand to waist level with slight forward pressure ("push" connection).

The Underarm Turn to Right

The most basic Underarm Turn in Cha Cha is the lady's Underarm Turn to Right, commonly used as an ending to such figures as Open Break, Fifth Position Breaks, and most variations of Crossover Breaks.

After a chasse to left (4&1), the man will dance a rock step back on his right foot (2,3) while leading the lady to turn to her right under raised LH-RH hold. The turn is then followed by a chasse to right (4&1), which can be used to return to closed hold, or simply remain in open facing position.

From the standpoint of foot positions, the lady's part of Underarm Turn to Right is the same as the Crossover Turn to Right. Following a chasse to right (4&1), she turns underarm by stepping forward on left foot towards man's left side (2), turning, then forward again on her right foot in the opposite direction (3). She continues to turn until she is facing the man by the time she begins the following chasse to left (4&1), having completed 1 full turn to right.

The video clip demonstrations show the Underarm Turn to Right preceded by the forward half of the Cha Cha Basic, the Open Break, and the Crossover Breaks.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
Prep1Right foot side.Lower left hand to waist level. Release right hand from lady's back. 
 
12Left foot back, away from partner.Increase tone in left arm and extend it slightly forward, lead lady to step back away from you. 
23Replace weight to right foot.Retract hand, leading lady to step forward towards you. 
3-54&1Chasse to side, LRL.Raise left hand to eye level. 
 
62Right foot back.1/8 turn to right between 5-6. Lead lady to turn to right under raised left hand. 
73Replace weight to left foot.Begin to turn to left. Continue leading lady to turn underarm. 
8-104&1Chasse to side, RLR.1/8 turn to left between 7-8. End in closed or open-facing position. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
Prep1Left foot side.Release left hand from man's shoulder. 
 
12Right foot back, away from partner. 
23Replace weight to left foot. 
3-54&1Chasse to side, RLR. 
 
62Left foot forward.1/4 turn to right between 5-6. 
73Right foot forward.1/2 turn to right under raised right hand between 6-7. 
8-104&1Chasse to side, LRL.1/4 turn to right between 7-8 to face partner. End in closed or open-facing position. 
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Progressive Basic>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to RightDancing a chasse to side over steps 8-10 of Progressive Basic.
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Underarm Turn to Left>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Crossover Break to Left>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Crossover with Double Rock>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Fifth Position Breaks>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Crossover Back Breaks>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Crossover Turns>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Offset Breaks>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Cross-Body Lead>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Cross-Body Lead>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Progressive Cross Triples>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Stop and Go>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
1-5 Progressive Basic>>Underarm Turn to R.Step 5 of Progressive Basic taken to side.
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>Underarm Turn to R.
Crossover Break to Right>>Underarm Turn to R.
1-7 Crossover with Double Rock>>Underarm Turn to R.When 1-7 of Crossover with Double Rock is taken on counts 4,1,2,3, 4&1.
1-5 Fifth Position Breaks>>Underarm Turn to R.
1-5 Crossover Back Breaks>>Underarm Turn to R.
1-5 Crossover Turns>>Underarm Turn to R.
1-5 Offset Breaks>>Underarm Turn to R.
1-11 Progressive Cross Triples>>Underarm Turn to R.
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Progressive Basic
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Underarm Turn to Left
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>>Crossover Break to Right
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>>Fifth Position Break to Right
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Crossover Back Breaks
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Crossover Turns
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Offset Breaks
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Crossover Triples Forward
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Stop and Go
Open Break>>6-10 Cha Cha Basic Movement
Open Break>>6-10 Progressive Basic
Open Break>>Crossover Break to Left
Open Break>>Crossover with Double Rock to Left
Open Break>>6-10 Crossover Back Breaks
Open Break>>6-10 Crossover Turns
Open Break>>6-10 Offset Breaks


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