How to Do the Hammer Lock Step in Cha Cha

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Learn how to do the hammer lock step from a professional dance coach for the sexy Latin dance the Cha Cha in this free dance lesson video clip.

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CHRISTINA HAGGERTY: So, the next step we're going to do in our cha-cha-cha is just a typical hammer lock. You may have seen this step already in salsa or in other steps, is very similar to the right turn that you've already learned a couple of clips ago. And let me show it once. It goes one, two, three, four, and five, here's our basic, eight, and one, two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight, and one, with the cross body lead, exit, six, seven, eight, and one, two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight. So basically, let's count it back. It's very similar to the right turn, two, three, four, and five. It's the same lead so far. I bring my hand up. I open my palm like I did just for the right turn. The change is I actually drop this hand instead of keeping it here or instead of letting go, I drop this hand down, so as she comes to her turn and I don't let go, she does six, seven, eight, and one. I continue to hold on to this hand. I bring her through the right turn, and this is what's called a hammer lock position. Again, know basic, it just goes two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight, and one. Now, I'm going to exit this position with a cross body lead, which you already know, now is just a cross body lead in this hammer lock position. It's going to be a little different 'cause we have to take a turn to get out of it. So the cross body lead, as same footwork, it goes two, three, four, and five. I keep her here. Now, I do have to break my elbow, and we're holding on just with the tips of our hands, and I do have to stay close. In a cross body lead, I could be a little further but in the hammer lock position, I have to open up and stay a little bit closer to my partner. Now, she can come across after the cha-cha-cha, six, my hand starts to come up for the turn, seven, eight, and one. You complete the turn, finish with your foot work, eight and one, and you just unwind her right out of the hammer lock. Again, again slow, from the basic. It goes two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight, and one, two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight, and one, here's a cross body lead, six, seven, eight, and one. So, there's one more thing I want to explain. From the hammer lock position, you got here, okay, so she just does her cha-cha-cha. Again, you're going to keep your partner to this side of you before the cha-cha-cha. The first thing you want to do is bring her across. Then, you can start to turn her once she passes you, you start to turn her and you're using both of your hands. You're using the right hand to lead and to guide. I'm sorry, the left hand, the leaders, the leaders are using their left hand to lead and guide, their right hand, they're using to unwind. You can actually just pull on it, as long as you don't pull up. Watch again, two, three, cha-cha-cha, six, seven, cha-cha-cha, here's the hammer lock, ta-ta-ta, six, seven, ta-ta-ta, right here, three, cha-cha-cha. Now, I'm bringing her cross with both hands, six, seven. Now look, I can pull this hand at this point in time and it's not going to hurt her as long as I'm not pulling up. As I'm pulling low by her hip, I can pull that hand and unwind my partner. Okay so, in total, here's the entire thing again, smoothing it out, six, seven, eight, and one, two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight, and one, two, three, four, and five, six, seven, eight, and one, cross body lead, cha-cha, six, seven, eight, and one.

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