Bounding Unicorns

Cha Cha

Time Step

This is a simplified basic with the rock steps replaced by marches in place.

Leader's steps:

LF left                     (1)
RF together                 (2)
LF in place                 (3)
RF right                    (4)
LF together                 (a)

RF right                    (5)
LF together                 (6)
RF in place                 (7)
LF left                     (8)
RF together                 (a)

Basic

Leader's steps:

LF left                     (1)
RF back                     (2)
rock LF                     (3)
RF right                    (4)
LF together                 (a)

RF right                    (5)
LF forward                  (6)
rock RF                     (7)
LF left                     (8)
RF together                 (a)

Cha cha right = RF right + LF together. Cha cha left = LF left + RF together. The (4-a-5) / (8-a-1) steps are also called triple steps or chasses.

While (4-a-5) / (8-a-1) steps are in theory meant to be done side to side, it seems a number of people execute them diagonally.

Progressive Basic

Leader's steps:

LF left                     (1)
RF back                     (2)
rock LF                     (3)
RF forward                  (4)
LF together                 (a)

RF forward                  (5)
LF forward                  (6)
rock RF                     (7)
LF back                     (8)
RF together                 (a)

LF back                     (1)
RF back                     (2)
rock LF                     (3)
RF forward                  (4)
LF together                 (a)

(4-a-1) is cha cha forward, (8-a-1) is cha cha back.

When transitioning from basic to progressive basic, (1) is LF left and the progressive basic properly begins on (4). When continuing progressive basic into another progressive basic, (1) is LF back.

Similarly (5) is normally RF forward, but if doing only (1-4) counts of the progressive basic and exiting to normal basic then (5) will be RF right.

In the figures table, the "forward/back" designation on the progressive basic refers to the direction of the break step on (1)/(5), which is opposite of the direction of triple steps.

The steps on (a) can be trailing behind the other foot or passing the other foot:

RF forward                          (4)
LF together slightly behind RF      (a)

RF forward                          (4)
LF forward slightly past RF         (a)

Which of these variations are possible depends on the spacing between partners and how they move together.

UAT Right

Leader's steps:

LF left & raise LH                  (1)
RF back                             (2)
rock LF                             (3)
cha cha right                       (4-a)

The figure can start from open or closed position. One way of starting from open is to execute an open break on preceding (5) count. Finishing position can be open or closed as well.

Free Spot Turn

A turn in which the leader releases the follower, and both turn independently. Similar to free spin in swing. Can be done in left or right direction.

Leader's steps for both turns, from closed position:

(prep:)
cha cha left & release RH & LH in high five position        (8-a)

LF left pointing R                                          (1)
    & push LH diagonally left/forward to turn follower R
rotate L 90° & RF forward & rotate L 90°                    (2)
rotate L 90° & rock LF & rotate L 90°                       (3)
cha cha right                                               (4-a)
    & double palm to palm with follower

RF right pointing R                                         (5)
    & push RH diagonally right/forward to turn follower L
rotate R 90° & LF forward & rotate R 90°                    (6)
rotate R 90° & rock RF & rotate R 90°                       (7)
cha cha left                                                (8-a)

Hands can be in double high five position or leader's hand can be under the follower's hand.

The push to lead the turn must happen between 1 and 2 counts, prior to the follower stepping on the 2 count (because the step is to the side for a spot turn and forward for basic).

The lead can be more prolonged which generally happens in a more social setting, or more crisp in a more competitive setting.

Cross Body Lead

Crossover Break

Leader's steps:

(prep:)
cha cha right & LH scoop follower's hand    (4-a)

RF right                                    (5)
rotate R 90° & LF forward & open            (6)
rotate L 90° & rock RF                      (7)
cha cha left                                (8-a)

LF left                                     (1)
rotate L 90° & RF forward & open            (2)
rotate R 90° & rock LF                      (3)
cha cha right                               (4-a)

Two possibilities for hand hold during the crossover:

  1. Leader's hand under the follower's hand ("scoop");
  2. Leader's hand over the follower's hand ("bear hold").

Bear hold supposedly makes it easier to lead a spot turn following the crossover, though I am not entirely sold on this just yet.

Continuous Crossover

This is a variation of the crossover with (8) / (4) becoming a check step into another crossover.

Leader's steps:

(prep:)
cha cha right & LH scoop follower's hand    (4-a)

RF right                                    (5)
rotate R 90° & LF forward & open            (6)
rotate L 90° & rock RF                      (7)
RH high five check follower & rock LF       (8-a)

RF right                                    (5)
rotate R 90° & LF forward & open            (6)
rotate L 90° & rock RF                      (7)
cha cha left                                (8-a)

LF left                                     (1)
rotate L 90° & RF forward & open            (2)
rotate R 90° & rock LF                      (3)
LH high five check follower & rock RF       (4-a)

LF left                                     (1)
rotate L 90° & RF forward & open            (2)
rotate R 90° & rock LF                      (3)
cha cha right                               (4-a)

Crossover Double Rock

This is a variation of the crossover where the (2-3) / (6-7) steps are repeated.

Leader's steps:

(prep:)
cha cha right & LH scoop follower's hand    (4-a)

RF right                                    (5)
rotate R 90° & LF forward & open            (6)
rotate L 90° & rock RF                      (7)
rotate R 90° & LF forward & open            (8)
rotate L 90° & rock RF                      (9)
cha cha left                                (10-a)

LF left                                     (11)
rotate L 90° & RF forward & open            (12)
rotate R 90° & rock LF                      (13)
rotate L 90° & RF forward & open            (14)
rotate R 90° & rock LF                      (15)
cha cha right                               (16-a)

If done on both sides, the double rock takes 4 extra counts which puts the next step back on the first beat musically.

Parallel & Crossover

Peekaboo

Sweetheart

Simple version without follower's turns, leader's steps from handshake:

(open break:)
RF right                                                    (5)
LF back                                                     (6)
rock RF                                                     (7)

(rhythm change:)
LF together & RH rotate follower L 180° into sweetheart     (8)
RF together & RH continue rotating & LH connect             (1)

(in sweetheart, follower on right:)
LF back                                                     (2)
rock RF                                                     (3)
LF triple step left                                         (4-a-5)

(follower on left:)
RF back                                                     (6)
rock LF                                                     (7)
RF triple step right                                        (8-a-1)

(follower on right:)
LF back                                                     (2)
rock RF                                                     (3)

(exit:)
LF together & LH lead follower's right turn & release LH    (4)
RF together                                                 (5)

(finish basic:)
LF forward                                                  (6)
rock RF                                                     (7)
LF triple step left                                         (8-a-1)

As written, sweetheart starts on RF and the next step starts on LF. Sweetheart thus takes 20 counts. The 4 counts prior to the sweetheart could be follower's right turn which ends with a single hand hold from where it is easy to transition into handshake.

Sweetheart Spins

Chase

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