Dance Tidbits – Chasse

Usually I like to write about dances that you will likely be learning to compete in International Style ballroom competitions. This time I’m going to be talking about a dance step that is equally important as any of the ballroom dances because it’s the one step that can be in Ballet Dancing as well as a Country Line Dance and every other dance in between. I’m talking about Chasse. A Chasse dance step that you may learn can be different each time you learn a different dance. It is a fun and very noticeable step within a particular dance.

The Chasse is a very old European dance step originating around 1820. Chasse is French for “chase” or “glide.” It was the fundamental step of the Regency era English Country dance. In Scotland, it is often referred to as “Skip Change.” The Chasse is a skipping step but depending on the type of dance, can be done in a rather quick or energetic manner or be subdued and dignified. It’s somewhat like the Quickstep, with slight variances. The character of the music largely dictates Chasse steps.

When learning the Chasse, it is essential to not bounce too much. Underplay the spring in your dance steps too. Maintain a graceful stride and make your dance steps look smooth and effortless. The Chasse is one of those steps that when done a few times in a dance routine or competition can tend to use a lot of your energy, so pace yourself accordingly.

As potential candidates for International Style ballroom dance competitions, you will undoubtedly learn many styles of Chasse. Here is a pretty good list of different versions of the Chasse I am sure you will learn one day: Triple Chasse, Scatter Chasse, Promenade Chasse, Progressive Chasse, Right Chasse, Turning Chasse, Cross Chasse, Tipsy Chasse, Diagonal Chasse, Chasse Roll, Chasse Turn, Quick Chasse, Chasse Reverse, Chasses to Right and Left and the The Chasse Cape.

Now grab your partner and make Chasseing look like you invented steps no one has ever seen before. Just don’t forget to pack a protein bar for extra energy.

Thought Of The Week:

Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s Heaven on Earth. Mark Twain



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website