Cha-Cha-Cha: Four Basic Steps Of The Dance Form


When you hear, “One, two, cha, cha, cha,” which dance form comes in your mind? Right, its Cha-Cha-Cha. It is a flirtatious, fun, and widely recognized dance with playful energy. It is a combination of Latin popularly dances the Rumba or Mambo. However, the slow step replaces the triple action known as Cha-Cha-Cha. It has roots in Cuba and was produced by violinist and composer Enrique Jorrin in the 1950s. It gained not only instant popularity but also included quick steps. Did you know that Bruce Lee won the Cha-Cha-Cha championship at 18 in Hong Kong?

Cha-Cha-Cha: Four Basic Steps Of The Dance Form
Cha-Cha-Cha: Four Basic Steps Of The Dance Form

Cha-Cha-Cha History

In the United States, it was introduced around 1954 and has gained instant popularity by the year 1959. Presently, it is known to be the most popular Latin dance form. The two songs that become hits are “silver star” and “La Enganadora.” You can see the crazy dance spread to Mexico City. An English dance teacher introduced the international or modern Cha-Cha-Cha in the 1950s. The dance form needs energy and a steady rhythm compared to the real authentic Cuban music. The contemporary dance form is a ballroom version, and still, it is used in competitions.

More About The Dance Form

It is performed on real Cuban music in ballroom contests. It is not only done with a steady beat but also needs energy. The cha-cha-cha style differs in polyrhythms structure. The original ballroom and Cuban dance count up to “two, three, cha-cha-cha,” followed by “four-and-one, two, three.” One interesting fact about it is that it doesn’t begin on the prior beat. However, social dances have made adjustments to the timing of the Cuban dance form.

Cha-Cha-Cha: Four Basic Steps Of The Dance Form
Cha-Cha-Cha: Four Basic Steps Of The Dance Form

Cha-Cha-Cha Pattern

The basic pattern is taking left foot first, and on the right foot, weight is retained. The right leg knee must be bend, and it should remain closer to the left knee. Now, this step follows through the second beat.

The fourth beat separates in two counts, namely 4-and-1. Cha-cha chasse needs these three steps. A partner takes on the right foot with knee straightened. However, it is different than salsa. Left leg return backs on the beat of three. It is an international cha-cha-cha style.

Cha-Cha-Cha Hip Movement

It is composed of four beats of music. For example, it is counted as -one, two, cha-cha then changed to step, step, quick step. With simple footwork, it emphasizes on shifting weight foot-to-foot.

In regular style, the hip movement goes through bending and then straightening of the knees. However, in modern dancing, it is similar to the international Latin dance form. First of all, keep the weighted leg aligned, and the free leg will get bent; thus, the hip settles in weighted leg direction. Now the free leg receives the weight. This process continues.

Significance Of The Dance Form

It has inspired and motivated various dance variations throughout the world. However, it is still dominant in America for more than 50 years. Today, it has become a social dance that has a cultural symbol as well. One of the most admired practitioners of this dance form is William Laird.  

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