Steps: Cha-cha-cha; walk walk 1 chasse; rock polka
Circle dance, change of partners
Music notes in pdf format
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Cha-cha-cha walk and rock polka are here used in a simple Danish folk dance.
We dance for the pleasure so you are free to select a relaxed informal hold etc.
A Danish folk dance model for this dance could be: dance week 8 (2-tur fra Vejle) on my website of 1999 now placed on: http://www.lavigne.dk/oldfolkdance
where the dances are described with animation figures.
Start: big circle of couples (all the dancers of the ballroom) all holding hands.
After an introduction with a big circle, the dance consists of 2 parts: couple dance and chain to a new partner:
intr big circle clockwise, walking steps (or cha-cha-cha walk)
1a promenade close hold: cha-cha-cha walk towards centre and back
1b rock polka
2 chain to a new partner, walking steps (or cha-cha-cha walk)
1a can be rock polka like in 1b.
1-4 Big circle, all holding hands, clockwise, walking steps (or cha-cha-cha walk: walk walk 1chasse).
5-6 Promenade close hold: cha-cha-cha walk towards centre and back.
7-8 Couple dance rock polka.
9-12 Chain (= grand right and left) to a new partner (no. 5 maybe), walking steps or walk walk 1chasse.
13-16 Couple dance = 5-8.
1-4 Chain = 9-12.
Cha-cha-cha walk in circle: count: slow slow cha cha cha (slow slow quick quick slow), 1chasse, start left foot (lf) walk, right foot (rf) walk, 1 chasse (either to the side or here:) forward lf rf lf. Then walk rf …
Promenade walk towards centre: Lady (L) follows Gent (G) mirror reflected: G and L both face centre: G: lf walk, rf walk, G and L face each other: side-chasse to G left lf rf lf. Turn your back to centre and promenade walk out the same way.
Further see dance 5 Sailors lined up and dance 1 Sailor-rhinelander for the description of the basic cha-cha-cha steps and: 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).
We choose one of the cha-cha-cha melodies: Golfstrømeren (= one note for each dance step) or Calypsøer (a little more like ”West-indian”, here used for bar no. and linked to in table on top of this page).
There are many dance instruction videos with cha-cha-cha, see video list