Top 3 Cha Cha Chasses You Must Know
Why are Cha Cha Chasses Important?
Hmmm… because they are EVERYWHERE!
Anytime you dance a “cha cha cha” rhythm.. you’re doing some kind of a chasse.
And what is a “chasse” anyway?
A Chasse is basically a triple step, and it can go in different directions and have various footwork. In this video tutorial, we’re showing you the top 3 Basic chasses that both leaders and followers will use:
1. Forward Lock Step
2. Ronde Chasse
3. Cross Chasse (also known as twist chasse)
Now, why and how would you use one of these chasses?
The Forward Lockstep
This is used commonly when traveling forward. You can use this step to move quickly around the floor, and to create more variety in movement. This is how you’d “walk” when you do cha cha.. therefore, you’ve gotta nail this one down!
The Ronde Chasse
This on the other hand, is used to stay more on the spot. However, don’t let “staying on the spot” fool you to think that this is a teeny step. In fact, you would use the ronde chasse to create volume and speed while staying on the spot. It is frequently used as an up-level step in place of the side chasse. You can use it between 2 New Yorkers for example. Try it out!
The Twist Chasse
Oh man! Leaders.. if you don’t know this one, you’re in big trouble! 😉 This is a MUST for leaders in Open Hip Twist, and it’s also used by the followers in the Closed Hip Twist Figure. You will also see this done solo as well, when couples dance side by side. This step focuses on twisting action of the hip as well as speed in footwork. So, practicing this step will give you more agility and speed (if done well ;)).
So, each of these figures have their solid places in the Cha Cha. Which is more important?
It’s like trying to build a ham sandwich..and asking which is more important? The bread or the ham? Well, don’t answer if you’re vegan or low-carb… 😉
What I’m saying is that each Chasse is important and to know each one and do them well will create more dynamics and skill in YOUR CHA CHA CHA.
You can also check out these other 7 chasses in cha cha while you’re at it.
So, come join us in classes to learn how to do these beautifully. Isn’t NOW the time to improve yourself?
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