- Cha Cha 4/4
- 29 measures of 4 beats per minute
- 116 beats per minute
- The time required to skate 2 sequences is 1:07 min
This dance is designed to introduce dancers to a Latin American rhythm at an early stage of development and help them to appreciate rhythm not only with their feet, but also with their bodies. The steps are structured in places so as to portray the feeling of “1, 2 cha-cha-cha’’. Individual interpretation by couples to add Cha Cha character is permitted provided that integrity of steps, free leg positions and dance holds are maintained. Retrogressions on pattern transitions are permitted.
Steps 1 and 2 are skated on a lobe towards, then away from the barrier. Steps 3 and 4 are slip steps. The man skates three slip steps (steps 3, 4 and 5) of ½ beat each but on the last one the man remains on his left foot for another ½ count and the right foot is lifted. The woman skates three slip steps also but as she completes her third slip (step 5a) she crosses the left foot behind on the second ½ count for step 5b. There is a tendency for ladies to omit step 5b due to the difficulty of the weight transfer onto the step. Credit should be given by the judges to those ladies who can perform it properly. Steps 1–5 are skated in outside hold and give the timing of a “1, 2 cha-cha-cha”. On step 6 the dancers change to hand-in-hand hold (woman’s right hand in the man’s left, woman’s left hand in the man’s right) to skate a series of cross in front touch down steps*. On step 7, the man changes sides to the right of the woman’s tracing as he turns his rocker and she does her three turn. After they make their turns on step 8, the woman is on the left of the man’s tracing, switching to his right side after step 9.
On step 10 the partners assume closed hold and on step 11, both partners extend the free leg to the back on the third beat (musical count 1). On step 14, the woman releases her left hand from the open hold and passes under the man’s left arm as she does the mohawk.
On step 23, the woman places her left hand in the man’s right hand. Step 24 is a swing closed mohawk for both dancers, but in opposite directions so that they turn their back towards each other releasing hands. On step 25 the woman places her right hand in the man’s left. Note that step 25 is a cross in front for both (XF-RBI for the man; XF –LBO for the woman).
Steps 27 to 36a are skated in Kilian hold and steps 27–36 are the same for both partners. They skate a series of touch down steps* in Kilian hold (steps 27 –29.) Leading to the conclusion of the dance is an extremely deep left forward inside edge for both. It is permitted to retrogress on the pattern as long as this is reflected in a degree of control. The woman then executes an open mohawk (her steps 37a and 37 b) to be in position to restart the dance.
Note: Steps 6-9 and 27-29 should be skated with a brief but decisive weight transfer (touchdown) to the other foot on the ”and” between counts returning to the original edges.
- Bernard Ford, Kelly Johnson, Laurie Palmer and Steven Belanger
- Richmond Hill, Ontario, 1989
3679 CHA CHA CONGELADO
|Hold||Step No.||Man’s Step||Number of Beats of Music||Woman’s Step|
|3||LF-Rff Slip Step||½||LB-Rff Slip Step|
|4||RF-Lff Slip Step||½||RB-Lff Slip Step|
|5a||LF-Rff Slip Step||1||½||LB-Rff Slip Step|
|5b||(R foot lifted forward at end of step)||½||XB-LBO (R foot lifted forward at end of step)|
|Both hand-in-hand||6||XF-RFO with L-Td||1 & 1||XF-RBI with L-Td|
|7||XF-LFO with R-Td||1 & 1||XF-LBI/R-Td|
|8||XF-RBI with L-Td||1 & 1||XF-RFO with L-Td|
|9||XF-LBI with R-Td||1 & 1||XF-LFO with R-Td|
|Sw-ClMo||musical count 4 - 1- 2||Sw-ClMo|
|27||LFO with R-Td||1 & 1||LFO with R-Td|
|28||XF-RFI with XB-L-Td||1 & 1||XF-RFI with XB-L -Td|
|29||LFO with R- Td||1 & 1||LFO with R -Td|
|36||LFI SwR||4||LFI SwR|
3679 CHA CHA CONGELADO
Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union