The Chasse is a combination of three steps used in all the Standard Dances, but is only found in the basic syllabus of the Waltz and Quickstep. This sequence of steps can be considered an action and is characterised by several important technical elements listed hereunder:
- The Chasse is normally preceded by a step with Drive Action;
- The Chasse in every dance except Tango (which does not include the Chasse in its basic figures) uses a gradual rise, which commences at the end of the previous Drive Action and continues until the penultimate step of the Chasse (where the feet close); in the last step of the Chasse the elevation, reached in the preceding step, is maintained (a slight body rise is adopted on this step which is not mentioned in the charts);
- In any progressive Chasse a lateral movement tends to be created:
- Progressive Chasse to R (the movement is made towards the Man’s right)
- Progressive Chasse to L (the movement is made towards the Man’s left)
- When the Chasse is taken from Promenade Position the Man’s movement will be made forwards with a slight Left Shoulder Lead;
- In the Chasse the theoretical Timing gives each of the first two steps half the value of the third. However scientific research demonstrate that this theoretical Timing do not correspond with the Timing actually used by the top level dancers (See “Scientific research on Timing” at the Timing chapter).