Cha Cha

Latin style Cha-Cha


Cha-Cha Dancing

The modern style of dancing the cha-cha-cha is made by dance teacher named Monsieur Pierre (Pierre Zurcher-Margolle). Pierre lived London and visited Cuba in 1952 to find out how and what Cubans were dancing at the time. He noted that this new dance had a split fourth beat, and to dance it you have to start on the second beat, not the first beat. He brought this dance idea to the old continent and after few years he created what is now known now as ballroom cha-cha-cha.

The competition version of this dance is performed or the original Latin music, or more contemporary Latin Pop or Latin Rock versions. Characteristic is that it (the music) is a vibrant, stable rhythm as. The original Cuban and the ballroom cha-cha-cha count are “two, three, cha-cha-cha” or “four-and-one, two, three”. The dance does not start on the first beat of a bar; it can start with a transfer of weight to the lead’s right. Nevertheless, many social dancers count “one, two, cha-cha-cha” and may find it difficult to adjust to the timing of the dance.

Basic step of cha-cha

The main step is called a “Chasse”. Dancing with count of “two-three-cha-cha-cha’. Cha-cha-cha dose not start on the first beat. This dance is played by a couple (man and a lady). It is characterized by accents on the first and third beat. While the dance is performed toes are directed to the floor giving the impression that they drill the floor.

Today, cha-cha-cha dance in rhythm 120 beats per minute. Steps to make every shot, with a strong movement of the hips, knees, face each stroke. The dance consists of three quick steps and two slow two and three beats. Hip movement is essential for cha-cha-cha dancers. In traditional American style, Latin hip movement is achieved through the alternate bending and straightening action of the knees, though in modern competitive dancing, the technique is virtually identical to the International Latin style. In this style, the weighted leg is almost always straight. The free leg can bend and this way allowing the hips to naturally settle into the direction of the weighted leg. After the step is taken, a free leg can straighten the instant before it receives weight. It has to remain straight until it is completely free of weight again.