The Cha Cha Cha is a non circulatory, mainly stationary, dance performed in close and open hold, sometimes without hold. The side chasse is prominent and there is considerable lateral hip action, thus negating rise and fall.
This hip action is produced by pressure into the floor using balls of feet being ‘fed’ into the floor, with consequent leg straightening and pressure curves being released through the hip of the standing leg.
The Cha Cha is played at 30-32 bars per minute, with many chasses, locks, turns and checks.The steps, figures and technique were pioneered by Walter Laird and Doris Lavelle in London and their books are still in use today by dance Associations.
Although the best music is Cuban, this dance, in its 4/4 rhythm can be danced to Latin Pop and simple UK Pop and remains the most popular of the Latin dances.