Country and Western > What is Traveling Cha Cha?

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  1. discovery

    discovery New Member

    I have heard of a version of cha cha which progresses around the floor like two-step. I have a few questions about this:

    1. What is traveling Cha Cha?
    2. Is "Traveling Cha Cha" the official name?
    3. Is it a country dance like two-step, WCS, ECS, polka, etc. with lots of patterns or is just a preset choreographed dance?
    4. Is it the same thing as Cowboy Cha Cha?
    5. Is it an important country dance to know or is it more of a specialty dance?
    6. Is "cape" position the same thing as "sweetheart" position?
    7. If someone is talking about a traveling version of cha cha is there only one dance they're most likely talking about?
     
  2. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Interesting questions... I do travelling cha cha now and then at latin dances. I would like to know if it is the same as country travelling cha cha.
     
  3. Mt2stepper

    Mt2stepper New Member

  4. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    #4 . . . I presume!!!

    The original choreography to "Neon Moon" by Brooks and Dunn.
     
  5. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member

    "Traveling Cha Cha" is when I get to go on vacation!

    :D

    Hawaii, anyone?
     
  6. discovery

    discovery New Member

    Re: What is traveling cha-cha

    Thanks for the link, but, at least when I tried, I get a "404 Not Found" server error so I can't see the page.
     
  7. discovery

    discovery New Member

    :D
     
  8. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Re: What is traveling cha-cha

    Me too!
     
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I saw a choreography description online. I'll try to find it again and post. 8)
     
  10. Mt2stepper

    Mt2stepper New Member

    traveling cha cha

    From the web page http://www.coloradocafe.com/dances/TravelingChaCha.htm
    Traveling Cha-Cha
    This is a couple dance done in the cape position. Men on the left draping their right arm over ladies' right shoulder and left hands clasped in front.
    This cha-cha is divided into 5 parts which is how it is segmented below.
    Part 1
    1. rock forward on left foot
    2. rock back on right foot
    3. left-right-left
    4. rock back on right foot
    5. rock forward on left foot
    6. right-left-right
    7. rock forward on left foot
    8. rock back on right foot
    9. left-right-left
    10. rock back on right foot
    11. rock forward on left foot
    12. right-left-right
     
    As you do this final right-left-right, turn the lady 1/2 turn to left so she is facing you. Your right arm has to go over her head and your hands will be crossed in front.
    Part 2
    This part the men's and ladies' part differ
    1. Men rock forward on left foot
    Ladies rock back on left foot
    2. Men rock back on right foot
    Ladies rock forward on right foot
    3. Men in place: left-right-left
    Ladies turn 1/2 turn to right back into cape: left-right left
    4. rock back on right foot
    5. rock forward on left foot
    6. Men in place: right-left-right
    Ladies turn 1/2 turn to left so you are again facing partner with hands
    crossed in front: right-left-right
    7. Men rock forward on left foot
    Ladies rock back on left foot
    8. Men rock back on right foot
    Ladies rock forward on right foot
    9. Men in place: left-right-left
    Ladies turn 1/2 turn to right back into cape: left-right-left
    10. rock back on right foot
    11. rock forward on left foot
    12. right-left-right

    Part 3
    1. step foward on left foot (weight on this foot)
    2. pivot 1/2 turn to right coming down on right foot
    3. left-right-left
    4. step forward on right foot (weight on this foot)
    5. pivot 1/2 turn to left coming down on left foot
    6. right-left-right
    7. step forward on left foot (weight on this foot)
    8. pivot 1/2 turn to right coming down on right foot
    9. left-right-left
    10. step forward on right foot (weight on this foot)
    11. pivot 1/2 turn to left coming down on left foot
    12. right-left-right
     
    Part 4
    This is where the dance gets its name "Traveling"
    Drop left arms and have right arms slightly raised to go over ladies' head if you wish to do the turns.
    1. step forward on left foot
    2. step forward on right foot
     
    If you are turning you both must do a complete turn to your right using these two steps as a pivot while still moving forward
    3. while moving forward: left-right-left
    4. step forward on right foot
    5. step forward on left foot
     
    If you are turning you both must do a complete turn to your left using these two steps as a pivot while still moving forward
    6. while moving forward: right-left-right
    7. step forward on left foot
    8. step forward on right foot
     
    If you are turning you both must do a complete turn to your right using these two steps as a pivot while still moving forward
    9. while moving forward: left-right-left
    10. step forward on right foot
    11. step forward on left foot
     
    If you are turning you both must do a complete turn to your left using these two steps as a pivot while moving forward
    12. while moving forward: right-left-right
     
    Part 5
    Men's and Ladies' parts differ here
    1. Men step on left foot, crossing over right to move to right
    Ladies when you step on left foot step to left in front of man.
    You will be coming across to other side. Drop right hands.
    2. Both step on right, men moving toward right to accomodate lady who is
    now on your left side. Grasp right hands behind the man's back.
    3. left-right-left
    4. Men step on right foot, crossing over left to move to left
    Ladies when you step on right foot step to right behind man.
    You will be coming across back to original side. Drop left hands.
    5. Both step on left foot, men moving toward left to accomodate lady who is
    now back on your right side. Make sure you lifted your right arm up for
    her to come through. Grasp left hands back in front in original cape.
    6. right-left-right
    7. Men step on left foot, crossing over right to move right
    Ladies when you step on left foot step to left in front of man.
    You will be coming across to other side. Drop right hands.
    8. Both step on right, men moving toward right to accomodate lady who isnow on your left side. Grasp right hands behind the man's back.
    9. left-right-left
    10. Men step on right foot, crossing over left to move left
    Ladies when you step on right foot step to right behind man.
    You will be coming across back to original side. Drop left hands.
    11. Both step on left foot, men moving toward left to accomodate lady who isnow back on your right side. Make sure you lifted your right arm up forher to come through. Grasp left hands back in front in original cape.
    12. right-left-right

    Dance begins again
     
  11. discovery

    discovery New Member

    Just to answer my own question, after searching on the internet I believe that "cape position"="sweetheart position".
     

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