Cha Cha

Also known as the Cha Cha Cha, this is a great, fun, flirty dance and I'm sure you'll love it.

The 'Cha' comes from the dance step chassé (pronounced 'sha-say').

It's a move that consists of taking a step with one foot, bringing the other foot to join it, and then taking another step with the first foot. That makes it a 'Step-Together-Step' movement which is evident in a lot of dances.

Don't worry if that sounds weird, it's not, I promise!

I demonstrate in the clip below just how simple it is.

At this very basic level, all you are really doing is walking back and forwards in time to the music. It's not much harder than that, and if you don't believe me, just try following along with the clip.

One of the great things about basic Cha Cha is that it can be danced in a couple of different holds. To begin with, it's perfectly acceptable to dance it with your partner just holding their hands in front of you.

And you can stay in that hold until you feel truly comfortable with your steps and timings. You can then progress to a more traditional hold if you choose.

So not only are the steps as easy as walking, but the hold can be as simple as just holding your partner's hands.

How easy is that?! Anyone can do it.

And this is a very useful dance, too. Because it quickly teaches you about the tempo and rhythms of Latin dance. If you learn how identify the 'down beat' of a piece of Latin music, and where you should take your first step, you'll never be out of time or out of step. And you can learn that right now from the clip on my Latin dancing page.

Once you've mastered that, ladies, it's your turn first.  Here is the basic Cha Cha step for you...

As you've seen, if you break the steps down into individual steps and beats, it's easy to learn.

Gents, it's your turn with the men's basic Cha Cha step next...

OK with that?  Simple, isn't it?  Now, you just need to put the two steps together by taking your partner in your arms.  You can see that explained here.

The history of this dance is quite interesting, as it originally started out as an interpretation of the Rumba. Now the Rumba is quite different as it's a very sensuous, very slow dance that is about the love and passion between two people.

One way of looking at it is that the Rumba is the deep relationship between a couple and the Cha Cha, being upbeat and light, is the initial attraction and flirtation.

Now doesn't that sound like fun?!

So, what are you waiting for?

If that's got you in the Latin mood, then you have to try out the Swing/Jive for maximum fun...

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