Posted by: wagrobanite | 05/09/2010

Week 8 What to look for

I think it’s rather lame of the DWTS to have Evan do Cha Cha the week after he did the team Cha Cha… I hope Anna can pull off the “futuristic” era. It worries me. Not to mention, Evan’s hips. Cuban action (the hip action) is so much harder for the men to learn than the females. So if you’re never moved your hips, it is a hard process to learn.

Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha or “Cha Cha” as it is also know is a very fun, cheeky, flirty, and sexy dance. The basic count is “1, 2, Cha Cha Cha, 3, 4, Cha Cha Cha” This dance also hails from Cuba just like the Mambo and Rumba and is also a street dance. Look for side moves called (in international Latin) “New Yorkers”, as well as underarm turns, open spot turns, and sole movements in the basic step either to the side, diagonal, or front/Back. Just as with the other rhythm dances there should be lots of hip action for the girls and some for the guys but not a ton.

Andre’ Strinadko & Agnieszka Kaniowska

Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko
These two are probably one of the best couples out there (Yulia’s pants have inspired many a set on DWTS):


In basic waltz, the basic is known as a Box because when you do the steps, you make a box.  Counted in three, the waltz box has two parts, the forward box and backward box. Once you move forward in the dance, the lead will learn how to turn on certain steps so the box will start to look circular in nature. One of the most important things in waltz is the rise and fall. It should be smooth and steady and not jerking up and down like a pogo stick. Think of more of a gentle wave. Moves to look for include turns in both directions, promenades, and counter-checks.

Jonathan Roberts and Valentina (They start at 2:52). Jonathan is an amazing dancer an undefeated Smooth dancer.

Jonathan and Anna

Pro dance (watch the rise and fall in this one, it’s just absolutely gorgeous!)


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