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Learn Cha Cha Dance Steps

The Cha Cha Dance Style

With its teasing, flirtatious attitude, the Cha Cha is a crowd favourite across the globe. One of the most beloved Latin dances, the Cha Cha is a particularly good choice for beginners because its simple steps are remarkably easy to learn, no matter your dance history.

Fun and fascinating, the Cha Cha dance features very distinctive hip movements achieved through the alternative bending and straightening of the knees.

One of the most popular aspects of the Cha Cha is that it lends itself to a range of music styles, including modern styles, making it a popular choice for social dancing environments.

History of the Cha Cha

The youngest of the Latin dances, the Cha Cha was developed in the early 1940s as a mid-way dance between the slow tempo of the Rumba and the fast tempo of the Mambo. Of Cuban origin, the dance was developed by composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin.

The name itself was derived from the sound of the shuffling of the dancers shoes as they danced across the floor. The dance was so fun and easy to learn that it became the dance rage of the 1950s and still remains a popular today dance style today.

Cha Cha Music

The Cha Cha is a flamboyant and vibrant style that is danced in 4/4 time. The fourth beat is split into two, giving the dance its classic ‘one, two, cha, cha, cha’ rhythm.

Traditionally danced to authentic Cuban music, the Cha Cha is a popular choice because it can be paired with many modern styles of music. Anything within the range of 110 to 130 BPM (beats per minute) is the right tempo for this dynamic dance.

Our favourite songs to dance the Cha Cha to are:

  1. In These Shoes – Kirsty Maccoll
  2. Black Magic Woman – Santana
  3. Tu Lo Mataste – The Latin Brothers
  4. Aprieta (Oye Como Va) – Joe Cuba
  5. Volver A Verte – Oscar D’Leon
  6. Eso Es el Amor – Los Chakachas
  7. Oriente – La Lupe
  8. Super Freak – Rick James

We like to say that the infectious one-two, one-two-three rhythm of the Cha Cha demands that sitters become dancers, and if you listen to some of the songs listed above, you’ll understand why.

How to get Started Learning The Cha Cha

At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this distinctive and passionate dance style.

Whether you’re partnered or single, an experienced dancer or an absolute beginner, we can create a lesson plan that suits your personal circumstances and experience level.

If you would love to learn the Cha Cha, come by our dance studios and book a free lesson. During your free lesson we will assess your skill level, strengths and weaknesses and then, we’ll create a lesson plan just for you which we can incorporate into private or group classes.