How to Settle Your Hips in the Cha-Cha

Learn how to settle your hips in the cha-cha in this Howcast dance video.

Aaron: Hi guys, its Aaron.

Christina: And I’m Christina.

Aaron: From Dance Time Square her in New York City and today we’re going to be talking about how to settle the hips in the Cha-Cha. So what we’re going to be talking about here is a delayed settling of our hips in transfer of weight.

So what we’re going to do is start with our left foot free, as we do in our Cha-Cha and we’re going to step from our standing leg, changing our weight in to our left foot and continuing to settle our hip slowly, from foot to foot. Stepping and settling and one and settle, two and settle in place. Now let’s count that with our Cha-Cha timing. So we’re going to start again with our left leg free on count one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one.

Alright now let’s take a look at that again from the reverse angle. Really being able to see how we’re using our back muscles nice and strong, driving our weight in to the floor as we go where the hip meets the ribs and one settle, two settle, one two three four and one.

Stepping on that bent knee, two, three, delaying the settling of the hips, four and one, two, three using those back muscles again just like working those lats at the gym guys, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one.

And just to talk a little bit more in depth about that settling action, it’s actually a lateral action settling from side to side, foot to foot using again that standing leg just to push and drive our weight to the freer leg.

Christina: And one more thing to add, just for both ladies and gentlemen. You want to be careful. A lot of times when you see people dance the Cha-Cha, you notice their hips. So you’ll try to replicate that and the first thing you’ll do is you’ll just kind of throw your hips to the side, like that. That’s not good, because it doesn’t look that good but also, when you do that, it kind of breaks your posture here. It just looks, yes you see hips but it doesn’t look correct because it’s not done correctly.

So, the more that you practice these exercises, with really, going in to the ground and using your hips and not rising up and not breaking at the sides, you’ll be able to get that hip action that you want in the correct way and it will look great.