Cha Cha evolved from a version of Mambo called Triple Mambo or “chatch” step. When a slower version of Mambo music was played, it allowed time for triple steps to be inserted between the forward and backward breaks. These triple steps were 3 quick changes of weight preceded by 2 slow steps. By the early 1950’s, this figure had developed into a new dance on its own ; and the Chachacha was born.
The Cha Cha is a non-progressive, lively, fun dance, which uses a ‘ball flat” foot action and keeps the body over the feet. The legs and hips are used to produce a strong rhythmical movement that compliments the music. This dance has closed position as well as single handhold and double handhold movements. Often at an advanced level, the couple may be in apart or solo position. Because of this dance’s easy adaptation to modern music, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular of the Latin Dances.
The basic components of the Cha Cha are triple steps and rock steps. Quick, small steps must be maintained throughout the dance. The distinctive movements of the hips result from the constant bending and straightening of the knees. Dancers must synchronize each movement as they dance parallel to one another.
Time signature – 4/4
Tempo – 30 measures per minute
Timing – 1234&
Beat value is 1-1-1-1/2-1/2