Ballroom Dancing – The Cha Cha Posture and Hold

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional dance instructor Terry Dean demonstrates the Cha Cha posture and hold.

    Terry Dean

    Terry 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.

    Hi! I am Terry Dean from Terry Dean's Dance Studio. Were working on the Cha-Cha. Now, I want to give you an idea of what the posture and the hold of cha-cha looks like. The most important thing is that the postures are little rounder so youre kind of holding your beach ball so, your arms are going to more in towards each other as opposed to out and away from each other. So, if you could take them a little rounder in as opposed to out. So, there is the in action. The ladys hand will go a little bit more behind the mans back, their elbow will come down a little bit. So, its a little more rounded action. Were going to get our body weight so that if we were leaning back in the heels instead of doing that if we lean into the ball of the feet, it gets our body forward a little bit. So, instead of back in the heels were going to be forward in the balls of the feet.

    So, we stay in the balls of the feet and have this round top and thats going to be our basic look. Now, when were doing our cubic motion together so as I move my right hip she moves her left hip and vice versa. As I move my ribcage, she moves her ribcage so its very important that when we do our hold that we make sure that not only our feet move together but our body does; cha-cha, one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, so that we are constantly moving now everything together so that all looks uniform and synchronized. So, the basic posture in cha-cha is not very hard, its little bit closer, little bit rounder and youll find that if you get practice your isolations, you get your basic steps, youll find that this is a pretty easy position to keep. Next thing were going to do is a basic open brake and underarm turn.