is a dance step used in many dances in many variants, all of them being triple-step patterns of gliding character, steps going basically step-together-step. The word came from ballet terminology. It is not to be confused with The Chase figure of Tango
Tango dance originated in the area of the Rio de la Plata , and spread to the rest of the world soon after....
There is a huge variety of them in many dances:
- The direction may be sideways, diagonal or even curving.
- Sizes of steps may vary. This also concerns the second, "Together", step: the moving foot may land right beside the standing foot or leave some space, or even barely move from its previous position.
- Timing may vary. Typical timings in ballroom dances are qqS (1/4, 1/4, 1/2) and SaS ("slow-and-slow", 3/8, 1/8, 1/2).
- Footwork may vary.
A slide with both legs bent either forwards, backwards or sideways and meeting in the air straightened. It can be done either in a gallop
Gallop is an asymmetrical gait used at high speeds by quadrupedal organisms such as the gait seen in the horse.Gallop may also refer to:*Conductor gallop, wind-induced low frequency oscillation of overhead transmission lines...
(like children pretending to ride a horse) or by pushing the first foot along the floor in a plié and springing into the air where both legs meet stretched.
A number of specific dance variations in the International Style ballroom dance
Ballroom dance refers to a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television....
s are named "chasse".
- Tipple Chasse
- Scatter Chasse.
- Promenade Chasse (Chasse from Promenade Position)
- Progressive Chasse
- Right Chasse (Progressive Chasse to the Right)
- Turning Chasse
- Cross Chasse with a cat
- Tipsy Chasse, also called simply Tipsy
- Diagonal Chasse
- Chasse Roll
- Chasse Turn
- Quick Chasse, a chasse done on count q&q, rather than qqS
- Chasse Reverse Tun
- Chasses to Right and Left
- The Chasse Cape
Ice dancing or Roller Dancing
In ice dancing
Ice dancing is a form of figure skating which draws from the world of ballroom dancing. It was first competed at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1952, but did not become a Winter Olympic Games medal sport until 1976....
, chassés are basic dance steps which appear, for example, in many compulsory dances. The International Skating Union
The International Skating Union is the international governing body for competitive ice skating disciplines, including figure skating, synchronized skating, speed skating, and short track speed skating. It was founded in Scheveningen, Netherlands in 1892, making it one of the oldest international...
rules define the following variants:
- Simple chassé: a step in which the free foot is placed on the ice beside the skating foot, which is then lifted close to the new skating foot with the blade parallel to the ice. The two steps are skated on the same lobe, usually stepping from outside to inside edge.
- Cross chassé: a chassé in which the free foot is placed on the ice crossing behind the skating foot when skating forward, or in front when skating backward.
- Slide chassé: a chassé in which, instead of lifting the new free foot after the step, it slides off the ice in front when skating forward, or in back when skating backward.
In line dancing
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancers are not in physical contact...
the term chasse is used for a triple step sequence to the side. For instance, if the chasse is to be done to the right, the right foot steps right, the left foot is placed next to the right, with the weight being tranferred to the left foot so that the right foot can complete the chasse by stepping to the right. The call is usually: "step, together, step".
The step is often called the side(ways) shuffle, as the shuffle is also a "step, together, step", but is done either forwards or backwards.