Bronze Cha Cha - The Three Cha Chas Ballroom Dance Lesson

Uploaded by aanw97 on 01.03.2009

And the first dance Chacha begins with our first new step,
in the bronze 1 latin, the three ccha chas.
So we will dance it for you first. Three chachas
And two three, four and one, two and three, four and
one, two three cha cha cha. From a different angle.
And two three, four and one, two and three, four
and one, two three four and one.
We start this using the hand to hand that we taught to you
in the beginners tape.
So we start with the hand to hand. We have two, three,
cha cha cha, two three,
a cha cha cha. Two, three.
The three cha chas start here. Cha cha one,
cha cha two, cha cha three.
And this is the signal for our spot turn. And two, three, a four and one.
So, here we have a count that is different from our normal
two three four and one, two three four and one.
We have two and three, four and one, two and three, four and one.
And that’s how we get the three cha cha chas.
The ladies step and the man’s steps are the mirror images.
We just use the opposite foot. So we have back on the outside foot,
two three. First cha cha cha sideways,
facing each other. Cha cha cha.
We just touch palms, we don’t change hands.
The second cha cha cha we go forward locking chasse.
And I’ll explain what locking chasse is later on.
Forward lock chasse man’s right foot, ladies left foot forward,
and we’ll be sideways. Cha cha cha.
The third cha cha cha is the same as the first one.
Sideways facing each other. Cha cha cha.
There we let go of the back hand, palm to palm.
And that will be the signal for the spot turn for both partners.
Two, three, cha cha cha one. And we’re done.
Okay, so we begin with a basic step.
Cha cha cha, two three, cha cha cha, a new york,
as all from in our beginner’s class. Ladies underarm turn,
hand to hand, step step cha cha ,
step step a cha cha cha, into a three cha cha,
into a spot turn, cha cha cha.
The signal for this step, from the hand to hand —
every time we change hands, the lady will know we continue
with hand to hand. All of a sudden I don’t change
hands and I do this, clue number one. Clue number two I keep going forward.
And so that allows her to know exactly what steps I’m doing.
The hand, the forward motion, the hand, spot turn.
We’ll do the three cha chas with music.
I’m gonna explain to you what a locking chasse is.
This is the normal way to dance forward chasses and back chasses.
So every time you have a forward cha cha cha and a backward cha cha cha,
this is what we do. If we go forward at this angle,
left foot, it’ll be cha cha cha, right foot cha cha cha.
So what’s happening here? We always have the feet turned out,
ball flat first step. Ball flat, knee and leg straight.
Second step, the toe of the back foot the right foot
comes forward, the knees close, and the back leg stays bent.
So it’s only the ball of foot. Third step, bending the front left knee,
picking up the foot, take another step. So in very slow motion, we have
ball flat, toe, ball flat. The same would be for the right foot.
Ball flat, toe, ball flat. Cha cha cha,
cha cha cha. Coming back,
not exactly the same. First step, same thing,
feet turned out, toe only, do not put the heel down.
Second step, right foot comes back, tuck in, crossing in front.
Ball flat. Third flat, toe ball heel.
Leg straight. So I’ll do that again.
We have toe, ball flat, toe ball flat. Same thing with the right foot.
Feet turned out. Toe, ball flat, toe ball flat.
So, on the first, on the forward lock step, the second step is the toe
with the knee bent, on the back lock is the first step,
toe with the knee flexed. So, going forwards and back.
Cha cha cha, cha cha cha.
Backward. Cha cha cha,
cha cha cha. And there you have the locking chasses.
And you would do that every time you have a lock forward and a lock step back.
You will see as we teach the bronze 1 steps.