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Cha Cha Cha - Aida

The Aida is a simple Cha Cha Cha step consisting of 5 backward steps over 4 beats and is most easily entered in to by dancing the Hand to Hand Immediately before it. Dancing the Hand to Hand first means that the first step backwards of the Aida, done with the mans right and ladies left foot, replaces the same step back in the Hand to Hand. Starting at this point means that you begin the Aida in an open position, side by side with your partner whilst holding mans left hand to ladies right. You then both travel back for a further 4 steps over 3 beats.

The Aida is a step that cannot really be danced on its own and repeated many times as with steps such as the Basic Step or the New York. Instead the Aida needs to be entered into via another step and then ended via a different step. You could repeat the Aida more than once in a row but because you are traveling backwards all the time you would soon run out of dance floor.

To exit the Aida you can pivot to face your partner and finish with a Basic Step or a Basic in Place.

Aida Mens / Ladies Steps
Lead in to the Aida by doing a Hand to Hand. When you get to the beat where the man steps back with the right foot and the ladies step back with their left foot replace it with beat 1 below.
Start below holding mans left hand to ladies right hand, both standing side by side, both facing the same way ready to travel backwards.
Step 1
Beat 1
Men - Step step backward with your right foot.
Ladies - Step step backward with your left foot.
Step 2
Beat 2
Men - Step backward with your left foot.
Ladies - Step step backward with your right foot.
Step 3
Beat 3
Men - Step backward with your right foot crossing it behind your left slightly.
Ladies - Step step backward with your left foot crossing it behind your right slightly.
Step 4
Beat 3.5
Men - Cross your left foot in front of you right foot, placing your weight onto your left foot,
Ladies - Cross your right foot in front of your left foot, placing your weight onto your right foot.
Step 5
Beat 4
Men - Step backward with your left foot.
Ladies - Step step backward with your left foot.
Count 1, 2, 3 and 4
Notes Once you have finished traveling backwards pivot to face each other, men stepping with their left foot ladies with their right foot and perform a Basic Step or a Basic in Place.
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