Cha cha walks technique

#1
Hi !

I'm trying to work on my cha cha walks and locks , and it's unbeliveably hard. I want the foot work and posture and hip all to click together , but ....... hmmm.....

Any tips / suggestions / videos / anything at all ? ? ?

BTW , clips on you tube didnt help me much .

Thanks :)
 

fascination

Site Moderator
Staff member
#2
afaik:

first step of lock executed like a rumba walk, second step; back foot placed close to knee to calve of front foot w/back heel off of ground, as back heel lowers(without going down), front knee lifts and proceeds from there to take step three also like a rumba walk....hip action going front to back to front over the three steps, making sure that back leg has a nice clean cut at it straightens...I am not the technical expert but of have some modest success...I would also recommend any sort of training video from the big names out there...the ones that I am most often shown are of slavik and karina, and bob and julia for rhythm...but there are many...
 

latingal

Well-Known Member
#4
Welcome to DF dakshi!

There can be subtle differences in style of the basics in cha-cha also depending on who you take from. For a good general technical description (fairly detailed) I like the cha-cha dvd "Innovations" by Slavik and Karina.
 
#10
The "Walks" part is like a Rumba walk.... just swing your hips forward and follow with rotation quicker.

The "Lock Step":
Footwork: 1st step-Ball flat, 2nd step-Inside edge of ball of foot, 3rd step- Ball flat (like a rumba walk)

Hips: Make sure you get 3 hip actions during the lock step.

Make sure you have a side lead for the lock step.

There is more but this is a good start
 
#11
Thanks all of you , for welcoming me to DF and for those lightening fast replies . I've taken note of all the suggestions, now it's practic-practice-practice !

And yes , I'm practicing international style latin .

Thanks again :)
 
#12
I would suggest as you are practicing (especially slowly) to pay attention to the transfer of weight, not only from foot to foot, but through each foot. It is this transfer of weight that should create the hip action. In other words the hip should rotate as a response.
 
#13
Also, some teachers want you to accent the hip forward and others back - both are correct it is more of a stylistic choice. Accent back seems suggested more often in situations where your walks/locks are not traveling far forward while accent forward (or so I've been told) is a more up to date method.
 

dlgodud

Active Member
#14
I think the hip action in Chacha lock steps should be more twisted instead of back and forward. It should be faster. Otherwise, it might look very slow. Imagine you twist a towel. I think you rib cage need to be move like that. ;)
 
#16
I think the hip action in Chacha lock steps should be more twisted instead of back and forward. It should be faster. Otherwise, it might look very slow. Imagine you twist a towel. I think you rib cage need to be move like that. ;)
I never read in any place "Chacha lock steps should be more twisted instead of back and forward".

This note should be judged by some dance gods.
 

Mr 4 styles

Well-Known Member
#18
Chacha lock steps should be more twisted instead of back and forward".
my latin pro would disagree with this the hip action is pendular here you can articulate your rib cage to create a different look but that is styling and has nothing to so with the feet and hips
 

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