This tape is not for the beginner. You will need to be familiar
with cha cha timing, and with figures such as crossover breaks,
spot turns, and cross body leads before starting this tape. Leadable
cha cha figures for social dancing are hard to find and this tape
contains a boatload of "lead and follow" patterns that
you can use in social dancing. This tape also contains an entire
cha cha dance routine broken down into segments.
Starts with a full song demo dance
Brief review of the basic step and the count. Review of some basic
figures: basic to crossover breaks (New Yorkers), Crossover breaks
to spot turns, underarm (arch) turns, Free spins, Patti cake free
spins, syncopated crossover breaks, back breaks (hand to hand),
Crossbody lead, crossbody lead to crossover break, crossbody lead
with inside reverse turn, Paseo, open hip twist, fan to hockey
stick, hockey stick overturned with inside reverse turn to crossover
break, variation with syncopated crossover breaks.
Chase (visual, "follow the leader"), turnstile figure
and turnstile figure into chase, chase with free spins.
Triple cha cha cha's. Variations: triple cha cha cha's in crossover
breaks, triple cha cha cha's in Patti cake palm touches.
Side to side in cape position, side to side adding free spins,
advanced entry into side to side.
Turkish towel. Combination: Turkish towel to overhead back wrap
into swivel struts for the lady.
Outside turns and syncopated outside turns, outside turns to triple
cha cha cha Patti cakes. Samba breaks in cha cha. Combinations
Reverse whip (RW) patterns. RW to outside turns. RW to barrel
roll turns. RW entry to natural top (back spot turn).
Section 9 (hot stuff)
Oversway dips and Latin sweeps ("the rag doll").
Section 10 (West Coast swing type figures)
Arm catch and flick to crossover break. Lunge to crossover break.
Natural top/reverse top and check/natural top. Natural top with
rope spin to walkaround and outside turns.
Behind the back hand changes (BTBHC) and BTBHC to triple cha cha
A full choreographed routine broken into four amalgamations, containing
most of the figures above. Combined, these create a leadable dance
routine. The routine is designed to "present" to an
audience. Each amalgamation is broken down to count and then demonstrated
to music. The routine is about 2.5 minutes in length, depending
on music tempo. Note: this routine is not for a beginner. I would
say an average amateur ballroom dancer could handle this routine.
Joe and Patricia
Length: about 78
Number of Patterns: over 30, plus a complete