Line Dance Step Description for "Cowboy Cha Cha"

by Alexis Rohlin

The Cowboy Cha Cha is a country western couples dance performed in the "sweetheart position" that progresses counterclockwise around the floor. In this dance step, the lead foot is the same for both partners and is done in a one-two-cha-cha-cha step pattern. The Cowboy Cha Cha can be danced to any country western song with a cha cha dance beat such as "Neon Moon" by Brooks and Dunn and "Gulf of Mexico" by Clint Black.

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Sweetheart Position

In the sweetheart position, the lead and the follow dance partners stand side-by-side, facing the same direction. The leader's right arm is held over the follower's shoulder and his left hand holds the follower's right hand near her right shoulder. Both partners stand with left arms extended straight out and hold onto each other's left hands. The Cowboy Cha Cha dance steps are the same for both the leader and the follower. This changes only during the turns, as the leader stands still and holds onto the follower's hands while she does the turns.

First Sequence

Step forward with your left foot and lean into it to rock forward on your left foot. Move your weight back to your right to rock back on your right foot. Step your left foot back, lift your left foot briefly and set it down again in the same place next to your right foot, and step back your left foot back once more for the "cha-cha-cha" dance pattern foot movement. Slightly dip your knees on the "cha-cha-cha" steps.

Second Sequence

Step your left foot forward and rock on it. Rock back onto your right foot. Move your weight back to your right foot. Step your left foot forward, lift your left foot briefly and set it down in the same place, and step forward again.

Third Sequence

The half turn in the third sequence is done by both partners. Step your right foot back, shift your weight to your left foot and turn in place to your left in a half step. Step right, step left, then step right to move to your next position on the dance floor.

Fourth Sequence

Step back with your left foot, lean forward onto your right foot, then turn to the right, step left, step right, step left. Step back with your right foot. Lean forward on your left foot. Step the cha, cha, cha back three paces. The leader stands still and holds the follower's hands while she steps a quarter turn to her left and then returns to the sweetheart position. Step right, step left, and step right to move to the next position on the dance floor.

Fifth Sequence

Step forward with your left foot. The leader stands still and holds onto the follower's hands while she turns a half turn with her weight on her right foot. Step forward with your left foot; the follower turns another half turn to her right with her weight on her right foot while the leader holds onto her hands. Repeat the dance sequences in order to continue dancing the rest of the song with the Cowboy Cha Cha.