Cha Cha (Cha)
Used by Permission and adapted from the Dance Vision International Dance Association - American Style Rhythm Bronze Manual (MarB04).
Cha Cha evolved from a version of Cuban Mambo called Triple Mambo where triple steps were inserted between the forward and back breaks in slower Mambo music. Cha Cha gets its name from the sound of the shoes shuffling across the floor. The dance was introduced to the U.S. in the 1950's and sparked a new dance craze.
Cha Cha is lively, fun, syncopated and non-progressive. It uses Cuban Motion while the rhythm is expressed by the whole body. The arms move slightly in opposition to the knees to complement the music. The legs alternate straightening, with opposite the knee veering to create the Cuban Motion of moving hip action.Musical Information:
Time Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 30 mpm
Count (and Beat Value): 1 2 3 4 and (1 - 1 - 1 - 1/2 - 1/2)
Alternative Teaching Counts: 1-2-3 Cha Cha; or 2-3 Cha-Cha-Cha; or Rock Step, Cha-Cha-Cha.
Ball Flat throughout with the following exceptions: Forward Locks are Ball Flat, Ball, Ball Flat; Backward Locks are Ball, Ball Flat, Ball Flat; Side Taps and Flicks are Inside Edge of Toe. Toes should be slightly turned out. Feet should be kept in contact with the floor using slight pressure.
Keep weight forward towards partner, take a smaller more compact dance hold, and use ball-flat footwork and small steps.
Some of My Favorite Cha Cha Songs:
1. Oye Como Va by Santana
Bronze Syllabus Figures:
1. Basic In Place
2. Side Basic
3. Progressive Basic
4. Outside Partner
5. Crossover Break
6. Cross Body Lead
7. Open Break and Underarm Turn
8. Chase Turn
9. Shoulder Check
10. Shadow Positions
12. Alternating Underarm Turns
13. Cross Body Pull Back
14. Three Cha Cha Chas
15. Crossover Flick to Side Break