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4. Shoulder to Shoulder

Shoulder to Shoulder gets its name from the position achieved when the man steps into an offset position with the lady. As the bodies rotate to the offset position, the man's and lady's shoulders turn towards each other. The figure can be taken either with a closed dance hold (as shown in video) or in on open facing position with a two-hand hold.

This pattern uses the normal Cha Cha rhythm, however the man will break forward both with his left foot on the first measure and with his right foot on the second. Likewise, the lady will break back on both measures.

The offset or outside partner position is prepared by rotating the bodies to a 45 degree angle during the chasse. The man will then break forward outside the lady's foot as she breaks back. When commencing with the bodies facing squarely, the bodies will turn 1/8 during the chasse to prepare the offset position. When turning from one offset position to the other, the bodies will turn 1/4 during the chasse.

Note that although this figure is named "Shoulder to Shoulder" it is not necessary to turn the shoulders to literally make contact. It is actually best to minimize the rotation of the upper body, particularly for the man. When watching the video clip, notice how little Donald actually needs to turn his shoulders to achieve the position.


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