Known in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as “Mr. Cha-Cha” with his Mega Cha Cha line dance hits such as Wild Wild West Boogie (AKA Todo Todo in the Philippines), Zydeco Lady, Cha Cha Con Tejas, Breakin’ The Breaks, Cha Cha Basique, and Jessica’s Cha Cha, Chris is not a newbee to Country Western line dance and partner dance choreography.
Chris’ first big hit was in 1984 with “SLO Cadillac” dedicated to cruise night of the 60’s-70’s at his home town of San Luis Obispo, California “SLO Town”. SLO Cadillac was unique at the time because it was one of the very first “Country” line dances choreographed to a pop/rock song – Bruce Springsteen’s Pink Cadillac (remember, we’re talking the 80’s here). It was soon found out that SLO Cadillac was a great dance to perform to the song that also came out in 1984, “Footloose”. So Chris can proudly claim that SLO Cadillac was the “Original” Footloose line dance.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Park Management, with a minor-minor in Dance, and an Associate’s degree in Performing Arts.
Chris grew up in California but moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas Metroplex for 18 years and worked his way up the ranks in municipal recreation. While in Texas, he taught dance lessons at the World’s largest BYBO – “Nine Acres”, taught line dance, Ballroom, swing, Latin, and Country Western Partner and couple dance classes for 18 years at the University of Texas at Arlington, and was the creator, Director, and choreographer of The Heart of Texas (“HOT”) Country Dancers, and the Texas Boot Scooters Dance Network.
Chris left Texas and his beloved Country Western Dance family in 2006 (to his lovely protégé, Mona Puente and her biggest fan Vince - her husband) to further his other career as a State Park District Manager for the State Parks of Massachusetts.
Chris now lives in the Hartford, CT area and still teaches dance classes in various locations the area, and enjoys his pass time as a mobile DJ and helping out his beautiful wife Donna, who is an elementary school music teacher.
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Theme From A Summer Place by Liberace
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner / Intermediate Music: Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate / Advanced Music: Canadian Sunset by Floyd Cramer
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Any Cha-cha
32 Count 4 Wall Music: Hot Pink by Eddy Raven
28 Count 0 Wall Partner Music: Unknown
40 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Boot Scootin' Boogie by Brooks & Dunn
24 Count 2 Wall Beginner / Intermediate Line or Contra Music: "Budapest" by George Ezra (132 BPM)
40 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Unknown
64 Count 4 Wall Intermediate / Advanced Music: Don't Stop The Dance by Bryan Ferry
16 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Kawliga by Hank Williams Jr.
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner / Intermediate line/contra dance Music: Crescent City by Emmylou Harris
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner / Intermediate Music: Feliz Navidad by Holly Dunn
48 Count 2 Wall Beginner / Intermediate waltz Music: Any Waltz
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: I Should Have Called by Eddy Raven
16 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: No News by Lonestar
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Boomerang Love by Jimmy Buffett
52 Count 0 Wall Music: Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen
36 Count 0 Wall Partner Music: Unknown
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner / Intermediate Music: Strokin' by Clarence Carter