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Introduction: A Bronze level move for Cha-Cha.
Frame: Latin. Count: 4 beats.
Leaders and Followers: We have been taught two ways to do the fan. The first is Jeff's simplified version; the second is from Werner's choreography. Both versions will be listed below. In addition, the Fan is normally followed by the Hockey Stick.

Instructions (Leader Perspective)

Jeff's Version
Start in frame, weight on right foot, left foot pointed.
2, 3, Cha-Cha-Cha: Proceed with a normal cha-cha basic.
2: On this count, proceed as you normally would in a cha-cha basic with footwork. The only difference is that now, your left arm lowers to your left hip to signal to your partner that you are not returning to Cha-Cha basic and are instead proceeding with fan.
3. Like in cha-cha basic, your weight shifts from the right foot (back) to the left foot (front). In addition though, because the follower is going to your left, you turn your upper body to the left to facilitate the transition into fan.
4 and 1: Right arm leaves the follower's shoulder. Proceed with a normal cha-cha-cha. During this move, the follower is no longer in front of you and is at your left, facing the same direction as you. As you cha-cha-cha, your partner and you will pull away from each other. During this period, it is extremely easy to lose the connection. Take smaller steps than usual so that your left arm does not become overextended. Your right arm should be parallel to the ground and slightly bent at the elbow, at a height slightly below your shoulder. Weight is on your right foot.
You are now ready to proceed with Hockey Stick.

Twist Chasse (Werner Routine)

Before executing the fan, you have just finished a ronde chasse. Your weight is on your left foot, right foot pointed.
2: Right foot steps back, preparing to execute a hip twist chasse.
3, Cha-Cha-Cha: Execute a hip twist chasse. Remember to maintain your connection by keeping your left arm at your left hip. Right arm is parallel to the ground, slightly bent at the elbow, at a height slightly below your shoulder. Weight is on your right foot.

You are now ready to proceed with Hockey Stick.

Instructions (Follower Perspective)
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Jeff's Version

Twist Chasse (Werner Routine)


Tips and Tricks
  • Signaling. In Jeff's Version, the signaling is done via the lowering of the left arm. In Werner's routine, we simply know what's coming up. As you advance in the levels, partner communication is essential to executing an excellent dance.
  • Don't Pull Away! In both versions, the partners pull away from each other. However, if both partners take very large steps, then it is very easy to lose your connection. This occurs when the leader and/or follower's connection arm becomes straight instead of bent. To prevent this, take small steps. Leaders, your left arm's elbow should only being a few inches away from your torso, no more than that.


Advanced Concepts
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