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If you have any significant ballroom dance experience, you’ll no doubt have danced hundreds of Waltz Chasses. But have you ever danced them turning to the left?

We typically dance the Chasse in Waltz in a straight line. A standard Chasse has the lady rotating leftwards during the figure, but it still progresses in a straight line. When you dance a Progressive Chasse to the Right, the man rotates leftwards during the figure, but still dances it in a straight line diagonally or along the line of dance.

In this half-hour workshop from our Kinvillage group class, we explore a fun grouping made up of a Chasse that actually rotates continually to the left, making a large circle along the floor that turns from diagonal to center to backing LOD. We then apply an unusual Wing that moves backwards, followed by a Double Reverse Spin to Contra Check. It's a beautiful combination but quite challenging because it is outside the normal way we dance some of these figures.

  • Chasse Turning Left
  • Backwards Wing
  • Double Reverse Spin
  • Contra Check to PP

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George Pytlik

Author George Pytlik

Before turning pro, George achieved impressive results as an amateur competitor, holding the Senior (30+) Latin championship in BC, Canada for 7 consecutive years with his wife Wendy. The couple twice achieved a top-3 Canadian ranking in Senior Latin as well as a 3rd place Canadian ranking in 30+ Ten Dance. Today, George and Wendy are professional teachers with a vision of growing a strong dance community in Delta near Vancouver, BC.

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