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American Style Cha Cha
Crossover Back Breaks
6. Crossover Back Breaks
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Crossover Back Breaks
Dance / Level:Intermediate Bronze American Style Cha Cha
Aliases:Back Crossovers, Open Fifth Position Breaks, Hand to Hand

The simplest variation of a Crossover Break is the same danced in reverse, the rock step being taken back rather than forward.

The position one associates with Crossover Back Breaks is the same as the Crossovers forward: man and lady standing side-by-side, with a single-hand hold. Partners can be in left side-by-side position (e.g. lady standing on man's left side), with the man's left hand holding lady's right, or in right side-by-side position (e.g. lady standing on man's left side), with the man's right hand holding lady's left.

A Crossover Back Break to Right is danced after a chasse to right (4&1) in open facing position. The man releases his left hand from the lady, then turns 1/4 to left while using the RH-LH hold to lead the lady to turn 1/4 to her left, to end in right side-by-side position. From side-by-side position they dance a back rock step -- man LF, lady RF (2,3). They then turn 1/4 in the opposite direction (man to right, lady to left) to return to open facing position, and follow with a chasse to left (4&1).

A Crossover Break to Left is the mirror image, taken after a chasse to left (4&1) in open facing position, and turning to left side-by-side position for the back rock step on man's RF, lady's LF (2,3). It is followed by a chasse to right (4&1).

Note that the Crossover Back Break to Right can only be taken from open facing position because it requires a RH-LH hold. If beginning in closed hold, the couple can instead dance a Fifth Position Break, and then follow that with a Crossover Back Break to Left.

Crossover Back Breaks can be repeated as desired, alternating from left side to right side. They can be freely and easily combined with Crossover Breaks Forward, Crossover Turns, 5th Position Breaks, Open Break, and Underarm Turns to right and left.


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