International Latin Cha-cha – A Popular Social and Wedding Dance

International Latin Cha-cha – A Popular Social and Wedding Dance 

William & Holly Latin ballroom Dance

William & Holly Latin ballroom Dance

Cha-cha is the decedent of the Bolero, rumba and Mambo. This saucy Cuban dance remains popular today. It is a great social dance for weddings and dances.

History:

Some speculate that the Cha-cha got its name from the sound of the feet as they chasse to the side making a Cha-cha-cha sound. London dance teacher Pierre Leville went to Cuba in 1952 to see what the latest dance was there. He documented the Cuban mambo was also being danced slower with a shuffling action, and brought back to Europe this new Cha-cha rhythm. Walter Laird later ratified the technique and published it in his technique book in 1961.
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Latin Cha-cha Characteristics:

The Cha-cha is one of the 5 International Latin competition dances. Cha-cha is danced to 4/4 time music at a rate of 124 beats per minute. Its’ rhythm is 1,2,3,4 &, and can be danced in open or closed hold. It can be danced to Cuban, Latin or Pop music.  It is danced with forward poise and Cuban motion with a straight leg action.

Overview:

  1. A saucy and happy dance
  2. Originated in Cuba
  3. one of the 5 International Latin competition dances
  4. Danced to Cuban, Latin or Pop music
  5. Danced in open or closed hold
  6. Danced to 4/4 time music
  7. Music is played at a rate of 124 beats per minute
  8. rhythm is 1,2,3,4 &
  9. Danced with forward poise
  10. Danced with Cuban motion and a straight leg.

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