SUNY Cortland

Sara Woodward

EDU 255

 Verbal Transcription of Lab

(To the whole class)


Beginning cut off...

...but we’re going to do a cha cha.

We’re going to use the basketball court and we’re gonna have three taggers and Emily, Vicky, and Cody, and these guys are gonna run around and chase you and if you get frozen then everyone else unfreezes by coming up to someone and 1, 2, cha cha cha, do it twice and get outta there!


So, I’m gonna start the music and we’ll get going, ready?

To student who asked a question:

Um, Emily, Vicky and Cody

To whole class:

Cody needs help!!

(voice inaudible, but pointing to Will)

Sam needs help!

To Will:

Free Sam!

To whole class:

Alright, that’s good, let’s bring it in over here.

Good job guys!

Way to help your fellow classmates when they’re in cha cha peril.

Alright, well, I’m Ms. Woodward and I’ll be teaching your cha cha unit.

Quick question, does anyone knows who sings Conga?

Gloria Estefan.

And she’s from Cuba, and that’s, what?

To Teaching Assistant:

Oh you did, I’m sorry, I didn’t think to call on you.

To whole class:

And she’s from Cuba, and there’s where the Cha Cha Cha originated.

So what we’re gonna do is review what Mr. Steck went over when you were in middle school

So what we’re gonna do is, we’ll do two lines, one on the green line, one on the black line, split yourselves up.

Yep, face me.

Alright, we’re just gonna go over the basic steps, you guys should have a pretty good handle on it, so we won’t go over it for too long.

Starting with the leader part, we’ll start with our left foot, we’ll step forward, one.

Come back, cha cha cha.

Step back, and forward, cha cha cha.

And our cues, oh, yes our cues.

In case you need help with them, they are up here in front of the classroom.

You can use one, two, cha cha cha, or slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

I tried to make it festive.

Here we go, but I think you guys got it good.

Alright, so we’ll review the basic steps as the leader, one, two, cha cha cha.

One, two, cha cha cha.

Now as a flowerer...followerer.

We’re gonna step backwards with our right foot, right?

Back, forward, 1, 2, 3.

Back, forward, 1, 2, 3.

Alright, good.

Now let’s add the crossover.

You did that in middle school too, so we’ll do it quickly.

So what we’re gonna do is two basic steps, and then two crossovers as a leader, so watch me.

And we’ll go, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha.

Alright so you guys wanna try?

I’ll do it with you, ready?

1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha.

Good, we can do it as followers right?

So we’re gonna start with the right foot.

Go backwards, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, go to the right, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha.

Good, alright, so now we are mature high schoolers, we are gonna be working in partners and I expect everyone to act maturely, so if you want to just turn around and face the person across from you, sorry Sarah and Eric.

So everyone else got a partner?

So we’re gonna face each other and do the cha cha cha.

These people on this side will be the leaders, you start with your left foot.

And these people in the back will be the followers.

Alright I will get you some nice cha cha music, again Gloria Estefan.

Alright, so whenever you are comfortable start it up.

1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha.

(music is drowning out my voice but talking to Steve and Emily)

To Rob:

Aw, come on you got it!

To whole class:

Alright let’s hold up and watch Emily and Steve.

To Emily and Steve:

Yeah, let’s see that crossover!

Nice, alright good job.

To whole class:

Alright now if you are the follower you are gonna do 3 crossovers and then the 1/2 turn.

So I do my 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha, 1, 2, cha cha cha.

Same cues, 1, 2, cha cha cha.

Full circle, cha cha cha.


Let’s try that as followers a couple times.

Now if you’re comfortable you can hold hands, instead of just facing each other.

To Emily:


If you want to switch you can!

To whole class:

That’s a great idea.

Ok, let’s just go through it three times then stop and look at me.

After, um, you do the three crossovers and the 1/2 turn.

Uh yep, come around.

Just do a circle, the leader stays still.

To Rob:

Only the follower turns.

You turn out left.

To whole class:

Alright let’s go over this again quickly.

Alright, I’m the follower, so I step right, crossover, I do this three times, now this is my fourth time, I’m turning left and coming back to face my partner.

The leader stays still.



Alright, what we will do instead of doing the 1/2 turn is stay with the basic steps in ballroom position to make a different challenge.

To Vicky:

Alright, so Vicky why don’t you come out and demo.

To whole class:

Alright, I will be the leader, so my hand goes underneath Vicky’s shoulder.

And her hand rests up on my shoulder and so does her elbow, and you’re holding hands up here.

Nice, and elegantly, alright.

Now I’m the leader so I’ll start.

Left, so here we go.

Look how graceful we look.

Ok let’s try that, a couple of times with your partner.

Alright guys that’s good, let’s bring it in.

To Sarah and Eric:

Oh Sarah and Eric!

Guys, come on, bring it in.

To whole class:

Alright, so what I have for a check for understanding are exit slips to put the cues on, and your name on it.

That will be our check for understanding.

Keep mind cues, and the visual aid.

So, that’s what I have and good job guys today.

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