Modern folk dance with ballroom dance steps and latin dance steps

Sailors walk the line

Steps: Cha-cha-cha; walk walk 1 chasse; rock polka

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After a trip to the Caribbean our sailor returns home with inspiration for this dance.



Dance description


Start: all couples stand in 2 lines: Gents in one line and Ladies in the opposite line.


Melody: Bråd-søer, i.e. the same melody as for dance 5a: Sailors lined up; (on top of this page there is linked to mel+a+b).


Short description:


The dance consists of 4 parts: greetings in lines, greeting walk, New York presentation, 1’ couple dances to last place:


1        the lines greet each other with cha-cha-cha, change over and greet again, and change home

2        all turn to the right and walk in lines, meeting and greeting each other, walk around and home

3        couple wise New York presentation, change over and New York again; or more free couple dance

4        the first couple dance to the last place with rock polka


Description in detail:

Melody: Bråd-søer (the same as for dance 5a: Sailors lined up)




bar no

1-2              Cha-cha-cha basic steps with greeting towards partner, left foot forward, then back to right foot …

3-4              The lines change place, walking steps, right shoulder towards right shoulder and

1-2              there again basig steps and greeting (walk walk cha cha cha).

3-5              The lines change place back home, right shoulder towards right shoulder.


6-9              All turn to their right. The now front Gent and the front Lady (in either end of their lines) turn 180º to their right and walk behind their lines to the further place, taking their lines along.

6-10            Turning right on this further place everybody continues to home place. Walking along everybody meets everybody to the left and right with hasty greetings.


11-12          Now everybody is at home. With partner you have couple wise dance, New York presentation to G right and G left.

13-14          The lines change over, right shoulder towards right shoulder, and again couple wise New York presentation; or more free couple dance.

13-15          The lines change back over again, right shoulder …


16-23          The front couple (the right end seen from the Gents) has rock polka down between the lines (the lines clap) to the end place and stays there. So a new couple is now front couple.



Dance steps and dance figures:


See dance 1 Sailor-rhinelander for the description of the basic steps: walk walk 1chasse and of rock polka.

The dance is fast: so small steps.

If you feel like it: then a little cha-cha-cha hip movement (the ship floor is pitching).


Basic steps in cha-cha-cha: G: start from feet together, walk forward on lf with weight slow, replace weight to rf slow, side chasse to the left cha cha cha (=quick quick slow); walk back on rf slow, replace weight to lf  slow, side chasse to the right cha cha cha. L follows G (i.e. rf walk back slow, replace weight to lf slow, side chasse to the right hø, etc.). Close hold or 2 hand hold.


New York presentation (= cross over break): L rh in G lh face each other, G: ¼ right turn (clockwise) lf cross over slow, replace weight to rf slow, face each other side chasse to G left; L: the same mirror reflected.




The melody is in 4 parts, 5 lines, (with influence of calypso).

Accordion: 4 + 4 beats pr bar.




There are many dance instruction videos with cha-cha-cha, see video list