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2. New York

The New York is a very popular figure in basic Cha Cha. In the more advanced levels, you will still see many variations of this figure from the Three Cha Chas in side-by-side position to the Split Cuban Breaks, and more.

New Yorks are breaks which alternate from left to right side-by-side position by way of the Chasse, using the basic rhythm 2, 3, 4&1. Both left and right foot break forward.

Although the figure may begin in closed position or with a two-hand hold, it will be necessary to release the hand that is farther away from your partner as you turn to side-by-side position. The free arm may then extend outward (as shown in video clip), or it may be held closer to the body when space is limited.

As tempting as it is to thrust the joined-hand through as you turn to side-by-side position, try to avoid this, as it compromises the connection. The best position for the joined hand is hip-level.

Note when watching the video that the dancers remain facing each other until the very end of the chasse.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position.
 
Prep1Right foot side.Release right hand hold on end of prep step. 
 
12Left foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to right between prep step and 1. 
23Transfer weight to right foot.Begin to turn left. 
3-54&1Facing partner, chasse to left, LRL.1/4 turn to left between 2-3. Regain right hand hold on 3, and then release left hand hold on end of 5. 
 
62Right foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to left between 5-6. 
73Transfer weight to left foot.Begin to turn right. 
8-104&1Facing partner, chasse to right, RLR.1/4 turn to right between 7-8. regain left hand hold on end of 8. End in open-facing position, 2-hand hold. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position.
 
Prep1Left foot side.Release left hand hold on end of prep step. 
 
12Right foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to left between prep step and 1. 
23Transfer weight to left foot.Begin to turn right. 
3-54&1Facing partner, chasse to right, RLR.1/4 turn to right between 2-3. Regain left hand hold on 3, and then release right hand hold on end of 5. 
 
62Left foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to right between 5-6. 
73Transfer weight to right foot.Begin to turn left. 
8-104&1Facing partner, chasse to left, LRL.1/4 turn to left between 7-8. regain right hand hold on end of 8. End in open-facing position, 2-hand hold. 
New York>> New York
6-10 Closed Basic Movement>>New York in Left Side Position
6-10 Alternative Basic Movement>>New York in Left Side Position
Spot Turn to Left>>New York in Left Side Position
Underarm Turn to Right>>New York in Left Side Position
Right Side Shoulder to Shoulder>>New York in Left Side Position
Hand to Hand in Left Side Position>>New York in Left Side Position
Three Cha Chas in Left Side Position>>New York in Left Side Position
6-10 Side Steps to Right>>New York in Left Side PositionSide Steps to Right ended in open counter promenade position.
There and Back>>New York in Left Side Position
RF Time Step>>New York in Left Side Position
Overturned Hockey Stick>>New York in Left Side Position
1-5 Closed Basic Movement>>New York in Right Side Position
1-5 Alternative Basic Movement>>New York in Right Side Position
Spot Turn to Right>>New York in Right Side Position
Underarm Turn to Left>>New York in Right Side Position
Left Side Shoulder to Shoulder>>New York in Right Side Position
Hand to Hand in Right Side Position>>New York in Right Side Position
Three Cha Chas in Right Side Position>>New York in Right Side Position
1-5 Side Steps to Left>>New York in Right Side PositionSide Steps to Left ended in open promenade position.
LF Time Step>>New York in Right Side Position
New York>> New York
New York in Left Side Position>>6-10 Closed Basic Movement
New York in Left Side Position>>6-10 Open Basic Movement
New York in Left Side Position>>6-10 Alternative Basic Movement
New York in Left Side Position>>Spot Turn to Left
New York in Left Side Position>>Underarm Turn to Right
New York in Left Side Position>>Right Side Shoulder to Shoulder
New York in Left Side Position>>Hand to Hand in Left Side Position
New York in Left Side Position>>4-9 Three Cha Chas in Right Side Position
New York in Left Side Position>>6-10 Side Steps to Left
New York in Left Side Position>>6-10 Side Steps to Right
New York in Left Side Position>>RF Time Step
New York in Left Side Position>>6-10 Fan
New York in Left Side Position>> Alemana from Open Facing Position
New York in Left Side Position, RF Back Break>> Three Cha Chas Forward
New York in Right Side Position>>1-5 Closed Basic Movement
New York in Right Side Position>>1-5 Open Basic Movement
New York in Right Side Position>>Spot Turn to Right
New York in Right Side Position>>Underarm Turn to Left
New York in Right Side Position>>Left Side Shoulder to Shoulder
New York in Right Side Position>>Hand to Hand in Right Side Position
New York in Right Side Position>>4-9 Three Cha Chas in Left Side Position
New York in Right Side Position>>1-5 Side Steps to Left
New York in Right Side Position>>1-5 Side Steps to Right
New York in Right Side Position>> There and Back
New York in Right Side Position>>LF Time Step
New York in Right Side Position>> Fan
New York in Right Side Positon>>1-5 Alternative Basic Movement
New York to Right Side Position, LF Forward Break>> Three Cha Chas Back


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