Chasse or chassé rarely chassée 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.

There is a huge variety of them in many dances:


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 (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.

Ice dancing or roller dancing

In ice dancing, chassés are basic dance steps which appear, for example, in many compulsory dances. The International Skating Union rules define the following variants:

Line dancing

In line dancing 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.

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