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2. New York

The New York is a very popular figure in basic Cha Cha. In the more advanced levels, you will still see many variations of this figure from the Three Cha Chas in side-by-side position to the Split Cuban Breaks, and more.

New Yorks are breaks which alternate from left to right side-by-side position by way of the chassé, using the basic rhythm 2, 3, 4&1. Both left and right foot break forward.

Although the figure may begin in closed position or with a two-hand hold, it will be necessary to release the hand that is farther away from your partner as you turn to side-by-side position. The free arm may then extend outward (as shown in video clip), or it may be held closer to the body when space is limited.

As tempting as it is to thrust the joined-hand through as you turn to side-by-side position, try to avoid this, as it compromises the connection. The best position for the joined hand is hip-level.

Note when watching the video that the dancers remain facing each other until the very end of the chassé.


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