Silver Exam Cha Cha Posted by Waltz123 6/3/2013 2:48:00 PM
Begin your Cha Cha in closed facing position, with the man's weight on his LF, lady's weight on her RF.
Begin on count 4&1 with a side chasse to the man's R (lady's L). Then continue with routine as follows:
1. Basic Movement 2. Cross Basic ("guapacha" timing, 2m) 3. Split Cuban Breaks to R&L Side Position (4x / 2m) 4. 1 New York to RSP, Spot Turn to L. End open facing. 5. Chase. End by picking up LH-RH hold on last 4&1. 6. Open Hip Twist. End in fan position. 7. Alemana. 8. Spiral to Aida, Rock & Spot Ending (begin open facing. end walkaround turn) 9. Curl. End in fan position. 10. Rope Spinning. End in closed position, lady offset toward man's R side. 11. Reverse Top, begun with a Natural Opening Out and ended in fan position. 12. Hockey Stick.
After #12, you've covered at least one version of everything in the silver syllabus. You could then either (1) pick up into closed position and repeat from the beginning, or (2) end the Hockey Stick side-by-side and repeat from #3, the Split Cuban Breaks.
Note on #2 and #3: If the Cross Basic with guapacha timing followed immediately by Split Cuban Breaks feels abrupt, you could start with a pair of New Yorks, once to each side, then take the Split Cuban Breaks.
If you want to start the routine in open facing as in the Rumba, you could start at #6, the Open Hip Twist.
Regards, Jonathan Atkinson www.ballroomdancers.com