On Cha Cha (Cha)


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Known as cha-cha-cha, or simply cha-cha

Dance of Cuban origin

Derived from Mambo

Energetic, fast, sharp dance with a steady beat

Music is in 4/4 time, thus providing a rhythm to split the fourth beat

Some count one, two, three, cha-cha-cha, two, three, cha-cha-cha

Others count one, two, three, cha-cha, one, two, three, cha-cha

In the basic pattern, the cha-cha-cha steps are side-together side, while the one to three are forward, back, together (or back, forward, together)

Here’s a chance to learn the basic step

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Styles of differ from place to place

In competitive ballroom, there are American style and International style (which have more similarities than differences)

Introduced to the US in 1954, and it was the dance craze by 1959

Hip action called Cuban motion

Cuban motion is a result of bending and straightening the legs, plus shifting the weight

Enjoy this slow competitive Cha-Cha

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One of the most dominant pop rhythms in the past 50 years

Listen to the music the basic pattern of the feet

Enjoy the group routine to Ola Chica (one of my favorites)

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46 thoughts on “On Cha Cha (Cha)

    • Guapo,
      Well said. When people ask me about taking lessons, I ask which would you prefer: knowing many steps but not looking good … or looking good but knowing fewer steps. Meanwhile we have fun with it … and thanks for the video as I love the pics!

  1. I love the cha-cha. I don’t have an opportunity to get out and “perform” too often, but as rhythm and movement, it’s one of my favorites! I love music and dancing, and I’m afraid my favorite partner just doesn’t much–hahaha! It’s become a spectator sport!

      • Haha, yes we Brazilians love our rhythms. Lambada is a sexy dance too and so is Lundu. Lundu is a cool dance, but the girls wear very long skirts and flowers in their hair. I might do a photo shoot of that dance in the near future.

        • Lundu was born in my State of Para in Brazil. There are many variations of the dance in other parts of Brazil, but none as pure as the video I’m sending you. The girl’s skirt, blouse, flowers etc is flawless and that’s what the dancers are suppose to look like. I like this video because the two dancers seem to be enjoying each other, which only makes watching them fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10cxbdnqk8I

        • Many thanks. One thing for sure, spinning is not my thing, so I couldn’t do it as I would get too dizzy. Then again, motion-sickness meds before trying may help! ;) Thanks for sharing … and cheers to your home state!

  2. That was fun. Glad you picked the Apolo clip as he was one of my faves when I was watching DWTS. :) (I’m also glad I can watch the videos now. Yay!)

  3. The Cha-Cha may be the way the world all comes together.

    When we first moved to Switzerland we stayed in an apartment/hotel. There were people from many different nations taking there. There were kids from 4 continents: North, South America, Europe and Asia. There was a particularly large group of people from middle eastern countries. No common language existed amongst them. So Jacob, at age 6, taught them all to Cha-Cha. I expect the Nobel Peace Prize any old day now.

  4. It’s such a beautiful dance to watch, Frank. I’ve never mastered it, but maybe one day. I wish I had a bit of Latin in me, apart from the few words I learned at school. :)

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