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Cha Cha Cha - Under Arm Turn to Right

The Under Arm Turn to Right, also simply called the Under Arm Turn, is a straight forward Cha Cha Cha step that incorporates a spot turn to the right for the ladies whilst the man dances the footwork of a normal Basic Step. As the man dances the normal Basic Step the ladies perform the Under Arm Turn to Right after the chasse to mans left, ladies right, whilst the man is doing the backward break with his right foot. The actual turn takes only 2 beats.

The opposite and less well known move would be the Under Arm Turn to Left in which the lady does a spot turn to her left. This moves is very similar to the Under arm Turn to Right but is preformed after the chasse in the opposite direction, whilst the man breaks forward with his left foot.

Although, as far as the foot work is concerned, the Under Arm Turn to Right is the same for the men as the Basic Step, it does require the man to lead the ladies into the turn as described in the step by step directions below.

Under Arm Turn to Right Mens / Ladies Steps
Lead in to the Under Arm Turn to Right by doing a complete Basic Step. When you get to the chasse to the mans left (step 9, 10 and 1) replace them with the steps below and continue.
Basic Men - Step to your left with your left foot.
Ladies - Step to your right with your right foot.
Basic Men - Close your right foot to the side of your left foot. Open your hold by releasing your right hand so that you are just mans left hand to ladies right hand.
Ladies - Close your left foot to the side of your right foot.
Basic Men - Step out to the left with your left foot. Raise your left hand slightly and extend it slightly further out to the left to lead the ladies into the turn.
Ladies - Step out to the right with your right foot.
Step 1
Men - Step backward with your right foot placing your weight onto it. Do not move your left foot. Keep your left hand raise and the arm extended as the lady turns underneath.
Ladies - Pivot on your right foot 1/4 turn to your right and step through between you and your partner with your left foot, place your weight onto your left foot.
Step 2
Men - Place your weight on to your left foot. If necessary you can help your partner to complete her pivot by circling your raised left hand clockwise until she faces you.
Ladies - With your weight on your left foot pivot a further 1/2 turn to your right and then place your weight onto your right foot. When pivoting to your right for the 1/2 turn make sure your feet stay in place.
Basic
Men - Step to your right with your right foot. Return to a normal closed hold.
Ladies - Pivot a final 1/4 turn to face your partner. Step to your left with your left foot.
Basic
Men - Close your left foot to the side of your right foot.
Ladies - Close your right foot to the side of your left foot.
Basic
Men - Step out to the right with your right foot.
Ladies - Step out to the left with your left foot.
Notes Continue as per a normal Basic Step.
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