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CHA CHA

 
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Background

Cha Cha is an offshoot of the Mambo. In the slow Mambo tempo, there was a distinct sound in the music that people began dancing to, calling the step the "Triple" Mambo. Eventually it evolved into a separate dance, known today as the Cha Cha. The dance consists of three quick steps (triple step or cha cha cha) and two slower steps on the one beat and two beat.

 

Technical specifics

Meter: 4/4
Tempo: 128 beats per minute
Basic Rhythm: 2, 3, 4&1, 2, 3, 4&1 (accent on count 1) 
Music Style: Medium-tempo Latin music
Listen to sample music
View the dance position

 

Movement fundamentals

Footwork: Steps in all directions should be taken first with the ball of the foot in contact with the floor, and then with the heel lowering when the weight is fully transferred. When weight is released from a foot, the heel should release first, allowing the toe to maintain contact with the floor.

Hip Movement: Latin Hip movement is achieved through the alternate bending and straightening action of the knees. In the International Latin style, the weighted leg should be straight. The free leg will bend, allowing the hips to naturally settle into the direction of the weighted leg. As a step is taken, a free leg will straighten the instant before it receives weight. It should then remain straight until it is completely free of weight again.

 

Click HERE for the steps of the Cha Cha.

Link to more advanced Cha Cha steps

 

| Developed 2006 | Peter Hastie |