The Cha Cha Cha
- The Cha Cha is a cheeky, lively and flirtatious dance. It has a catch-me-if-you-can atmosphere, and is light and bubbly.
- It has a distinctive syncopation where 5 steps are danced to four beats hence the 'One, two, cha cha cha' description.
- The dance is originally from Cuba.
- Triple steps (Chassez) and rock steps are the basic components of the Cha Cha. Since the Cha Cha is derived from the Rumba and Mambo dances, Cuban Motion is an important aspect of this dance as well as maintaining quick compact steps. Cuban Motion describes the hip motion resulting from the alternate bending and straightening of the knees.
- The dancers should synchronize movements, working in parallel with each other.
- The New Yorker is a characteristic move, where a dancer steps across their partner and checks to change direction.
In the photo: EDYTA SLIWINSKA, JASON TAYLOR