Cha Cha Cha
Learn to Cha Cha Cha at Karen Hardy Studios
The Cha Cha Cha is danced to medium-tempo Latin music. This is an exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950s.
The Cha Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm. Born out of Cuba and said to have got its name from the sound of Cuban slippers as they scratched along the dance floor, this dance became the biggest Latin craze to follow in the footsteps of the Mambo. With a faster rhythm than the Mambo, the Cha Cha Cha’s mix of rolling hips left little room for physical contact, and it fed into the public demand for solo dancing that was evolving.
It is danced solo or in partnership, short steps, strong hip actions, tight mini-skirts and that cheeky sassy feel. From the cramped conditions of the hot and sultry clubs of Cuba, to the English ballrooms in Europe, the Cha Cha Cha attracted young dancers looking for a good night out. The dance has come full circle because, today in the most hip and trendy clubs people are seen marking out the steps of this dance to anything from a Perez Prado authentic groove to the hip songs from Led Zeppelin to U2.
Basic Rhythm: 2, 3, 4&1, 2, 3, 4&1 (Accent on count 1)
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