Terry DeanTerry is the owner and principal male dance instructor of Terry Dean’s Dance Studio, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has been teaching ballroom dancing for 30 years and opened his own successful studio following a 19 year career with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Terry has received accolades for his choreography and has been honored as Virginia State’s Top Studio and Top Teacher twice. He and his staff teach students of all levels, whether they are interested in social dancing, exhibition dancing, or competitive ballroom dance sport. He has led many of his students to win top level gold medal competitions, and he is pleased to share his expertise with you today.
Terry Dean: Hi! I am Terry Dean from Terry Dean's Dance Studio, where were working on the Cha-Cha. Today, were going to do the crossover break with a walk around turn. The crossover break is an action where we actually cross our hands across in front of us and do a rocking step in the same direction. So, thats a crossover rock.
Now, were doing a cha-cha-cha in the middle and then a crossover rock where our hands cross in front of us and then come back; cha-cha-cha, rock step, cha-cha-cha, rock step, cha-cha-cha, rock step.
Now, one of the most important things about the crossover break is that as the man is doing his basic step hes going to have to release the lady with his right hand on the one count. So, were going one, two, three, four and one, he releases so that on the two, he can open up, two, three and he grabs her hand on four and one, pushes the hand through, two, three, four and one. two, three; those are the crossover breaks.
Now, were only going to do three of them now because you can do many later, but right now you can do three of them and then come out with a walk around turn. The important thing is when we do the crossover break is to make sure that you have a nice what we call third flip position. Thats going to be the instep of one foot to the heel of the other foot. This is so that when you come across, you dont toe your feet in and have funny looking feet. You want to make sure that you have a nice shape because were always talking about good posture and nice shaping and it starts with the feet. If your feet are out, your posture is out. So, were going to make sure that we do basic step; one, two, three, release on one, four and one, crossover and two, nice feet, three, four and one, nice feet, two, three four and one, two, three.
Now, youll notice, when were in this position we have the nice feet, now we have this hand in front and our arms are up at our head if this is 12 oclock put your hands to 12, thank you, now go one, now go to two, so our hand is going to be two and hers will be at 10.
So, from here we want to keep this position, what we call wing position, then were going to do the opposite on the other side, crossover position; four, and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three. So, try to picture this shape and mimic the actual shape that were in when you actually get to your crossover break. Its very possible just to kind of rock step, cha-cha-cha, to go back and forth without actually having good shape, so its really important. If youre going to have the nice look and everything you have the nice shape, to actually have nice leg lines, get your body moving together, ya, da, daand get the nice look, two, three, four, and one, two, three, four and one, two, three.
Now, were going to talk about the end part of this, the walk around turn. The walk around turn is the same as the ladys underarm turn. Were going to come through here, were going to do the rock step, cha-cha-cha. Man is going to release the hands and this is going to be a visual lead because he is going to cross and the lady is going to mimic him and we are both going to turn around together and come back to each other for back to the basic cha-cha-cha.
So, were going to do, rock step, four and one, two, three, were are going to do crossovers, we are going to do three of these. One, two, put the cha-cha-cha in the middle, three, cha-cha-cha then we both across for two, three, two, three and we come back for the four and one, two, three, four and one. So, Im going to do that again. Just counting the numbers. One, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four andThats the basic crossover break with the walk around turn. Now, were going to put them all together so you can get an idea of what the cha-cha supposed to look like.