Counts “four-and-one” are used for the Cha Cha Chasse. Step onto your left foot moving directly to the side (4),
close your right foot to the Left (and),
and step to the side again on the Left foot (1).
together with your Left foot,
and side again on the Right. (Count 4+1)
On count 2 step back on your Right foot. Replace the weight onto your Left foot, putting it back where it was, and transfer the weight on count 3.
Cha Cha Chasse on 4+1 – step to the side on your Right foot,
and then step to the side again on your Right.
Repeat starting again on count 2.
Notes for both the leader and follower:
- When stepping forward or back, move your foot in a straight line. This allows your partner to fill the space you have vacated, or vice versa. Do NOT try to step outside your partner. Aside from looking like you have just stepped of a horse, it will prevent you from staying in time with the music as you use faster tracks.
- Keep your steps small, especially in the Cha Cha Chasse. This will allow you to maintain the speed of footwork necessary to dance a Cha Cha up to tempo.
- Make sure that your heels are touching the ground on each of your steps. This will facilitate the hip movement that is characteristic to most of the Latin dances – but don’t worry about this movement until you are confident with the footwork.