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American Style Cha Cha
Underarm Turn to Left
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2b. Underarm Turn to Left

The lady's Underarm Turn to Left is the less well-known cousin of the Underarm Turn to Right. Instead of occurring during the man's back rock on his right foot, it occurs during his forward rock on his left. The same hand connection is used to lead both turns: Man's left hand to lady's right.

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

For the lady, the foot positions mirror those of the Underarm Turn to Right. Following a chasse to left (4&1), she turns underarm by stepping forward on right foot towards man's right side (2), turning, then forward again on her left 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 right (4&1), having completed 1 full turn to her left.

The video demonstration shows the Underarm Turn to Left danced twice, alternating with the second half of the Cha Cha Basic Movement.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
Prep1Right foot side & slightly forward in counter-promenade position.1/8 turn to right between previous step and prep. 
 
12Left foot forward.Lead lady to turn to left under raised LH-RH hold. 
23Replace weight to right foot.Begin to turn to left. Continue leading lady to turn under raised LH-RH hold, lowering the hand to normal position at the end of her turn. 
3-54&1Chasse to side, LRL.1/8 turn to left between 2-3. End in closed or open-facing position. 
 
62Right foot back. 
73Replace weight to left foot. 
8-104&1Chasse to side, RLR. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
Prep1Left foot side & slightly forward in counter-promenade position.1/8 turn to left between previous step and prep. Release left hand from man's shoulder. 
 
12Right foot forward.1/8 turn to left between prep step and 1. 
23Left foot forward.1/2 turn to left under raised LH-RH hold between 1-2. 
3-54&1Chasse to side, RLR.1/4 turn to left between 2-3 to face partner. End in closed or open-facing position. 
 
62Left foot forward. 
73Replace weight to right foot. 
8-104&1Chasse to side, LRL. 
Cha Cha Basic Movement>> Underarm Turn to Left
Progressive Basic>> Underarm Turn to LeftStep 10 of Progressive Basic taken to side.
Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right>> Underarm Turn to Left
Underarm Turn to Left>> Underarm Turn to Left
Crossover Break to Left>> Underarm Turn to Left
Crossover with Double Rock>> Underarm Turn to Left
Crossover Back Breaks>> Underarm Turn to Left
Crossover Turns>> Underarm Turn to Left
Offset Breaks>> Underarm Turn to Left
Cross-Body Lead>> Underarm Turn to Left
Underarm Turn to Left>> Cha Cha Basic Movement
Underarm Turn to Left>> Progressive Basic
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>6-10 Progressive Basic
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>Underarm Turn to R.
Underarm Turn to Left>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
Underarm Turn to Left>> Underarm Turn to Left
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>Crossover Break to Left
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>Crossover with Double Rock to Left
Underarm Turn to Left>> Crossover with Double Rock
Underarm Turn to Left>> Fifth Position Breaks
Underarm Turn to Left>> Crossover Back Breaks
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>6-10 Crossover Back Breaks
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>6-10 Crossover Turns
Underarm Turn to Left>> Crossover Turns
Underarm Turn to Left>> Offset Breaks
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>6-10 Offset Breaks
1-4 Underarm Turn to Left>>5-10 Cross-Body Lead
Underarm Turn to Left>> Cross-Body Lead
Underarm Turn to Left>> Progressive Cross Triples
1-5 Underarm Turn to Left>>12-22 Progressive Cross Triples
Underarm Turn to Left>> Stop and Go


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