Cha-Cha, originally known as Cha-Cha-Cha, has its origins in the Cuban Mambo. It gets its name from the distinctive syncopated triple step (cha cha cha) danced between 2 rock steps. It came to this country in the middle 1950's. This is also a spot dance and is expressed though body animation. The character is fun, flirty, playful. Cha-Cha figures cross over to almost any fast tempo music from country to funk and hip-hop. Learn the basic figures and the technique that makes those moves really stand out on the dance floor, including rhythm walks, Cuban motion, spotting, connection, posture, and footwork.
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The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it's syncopated steps and many open movements. When you can dance many interesting combinations with ease, you and your partner will be able to feel the pulsating latin rhythms which make this dance so fascinating. The energetic rhythm of this dance encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.
GET CONFIDENCE: Dancers possess an aura of self-confidence and an ability to enjoy themselves more in public settings. Their entire mental outlook takes on a renewed sense of creativity, motivation and energy.
HAVE FUN: Although your commitment to learn to dance will demand concentration, dedication and time, you will be constantly surrounded by artistic, cheerful people.
(Picture features instructor George Smith dancing chacha with his student.)