CDC Revision Notes

Russell Sole's B+L Beginners

By the end of their first term of dancing, Russell's ballroom and latin beginners classes have generally covered the following dances:


Waltz

A repeating set of 6 bars. Leader starts facing diagonally into the centre.

Summary (6 bars)

Reverse 1 + Reverse 2
Whisk + Chasse from PP
Natural 1 + Natural Hesitation

Detail

  1. Reverse Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to back line of dance)
  2. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face diag to wall)
  3. Whisk to Promenade Position [1, 2, 3]
  4. Chassé from PP [1, 2 & 3] (along the line of dance)
  5. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right to back line of dance)
  6. Natural Hesitation [1, 2, 3] (turn to right and brush closed)

Quickstep

A repeating set of 3 figures. Leader starts facing (diagonally to) the wall.

Summary

1 forwards basic (step outside + chasse)
1 backwards basic (step inline + chasse)
1 forwards lock (step outside + locking chasse)

Detail


Cha-cha

A very long collection of many different figures (which could be used in some different orders if led).

Summary (28 bars)

(4) 4 basics
(4) 3 new yorks + solo spot turn
(4) 3 hand-to-hands + alemana turn
(4) 3 progressive cha-chas back and forth
(2) basic + alemana
(4) 3 shoulder-to-shoulders + alemana
(2) CPP new york + solo spot turn
(4) time steps with solo spot turns

Detail

  1. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1] (close hold)
  2. Back Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1] (close hold)
  3. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  4. Back Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  5. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  6. PP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  7. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  8. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold)
  9. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  10. CF Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  11. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  12. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  13. Forward Basic into ... [2, 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  14. ... Three Cha-chas Back [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  15. Back Basic into ... [2, 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  16. ... Three Cha-chas Fwd [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  17. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  18. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  19. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  20. R Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  21. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  22. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  23. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  24. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  25. Time Steps [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold, "coathanger" arms)
  26. Lady's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  27. Gent's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  28. Both turn, ie PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]

Rumba

A very long collection of many different figures (which could be used in some different orders). Note that rumba can be counted as beats within a bar or as Quick-Quick-Slow steps.

Summary (28 bars)

(4) 4 basics
(4) 3 new yorks + solo spot turn
(4) 3 hand-to-hands + alemana turn
(4) basic into walks back, rocks and walks fwd
(2) basic + alemana
(4) 3 shoulder-to-shoulders + alemana
(2) CPP new york + solo spot turn
(4) time steps with solo spot turns

Detail

  1. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (close hold)
  2. Back Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (close hold)
  3. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  4. Back Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  5. CPP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  6. PP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (right-to-left handhold)
  7. CPP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  8. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (no handhold)
  9. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (right-to-left handhold)
  10. CF Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  11. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (right-to-left handhold)
  12. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  13. Forward Basic into ... [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  14. ... Three Walks Back [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  15. Rocks into ... [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  16. ... Three Walks Fwd [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  17. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  18. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  19. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (double handhold)
  20. R Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (double handhold)
  21. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (double handhold)
  22. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  23. CPP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  24. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (no handhold)
  25. Time Steps [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (no handhold, "coathanger" arms)
  26. Lady's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  27. Gent's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  28. Both turn, ie PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]

Jive

Start in close hold but re-start by linking up again into close hold on the basic figure.

Summary

1 basic
2 change-of-places (turn and return)
1 behind the back
1 change of places to return
2 hip bumps

Detail