Cha Cha Cha

The Cha Cha Cha

A cheeky, happy and flirtatious dance

This video course includes teaching from Kevin and Joanne Clifton covering the Time Step, Cha-Cha Basic Step, New Yorkers, Hand to Hand, The Spot Turn, Cuban Break, Zig-Zags, Routine Breakdown and a Routine Demonstration.

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The most popular of the Latin dances

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.

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Where Cha Cha started

This dance is mostly shortened in name to the ‘cha cha’. It was born in Cuba from Afro-Cuban roots it’s said, by a band leader called Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950’s.

He reduced the complicated polyrhythms of the Danzon and Mambo to a more simple four beat rhythm with a split fourth beat.

With an accented first beat of the bar and this preceding split fourth beat it created a three step sideways shuffle that dancers picked up on

( 2,3,4 & 1) This side chasse was labelled Cha Cha Cha.

How it's changed

It is also known that West Indians used plant seed pods to create a musical rattle for religious purposes and hence dances with a similar triple beat.

In the late 1950’s the dance spread through Latin America and into America where it was reported to be the most popular dance of 1959. Europe was then entranced by its rhythm. It is now popularised in competition dancing.

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