Cha Cha Dance
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 dance style today.
Cha Cha Dance 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:
- In These Shoes – Kirsty Maccoll
- Black Magic Woman – Santana
- Tu Lo Mataste – The Latin Brothers
- Aprieta (Oye Como Va) – Joe Cuba
- Volver A Verte – Oscar D’Leon
- Eso Es el Amor – Los Chakachas
- Oriente – La Lupe
- 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.
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 and group classes.
Cha Cha Classes in Sydney
Visit one of our Sydney studios and discover why we’ve had so many rave reviews throughout our 50 years of operation. We opened our first Arthur Murray dance studio in Sydney back in 1963, and 50 years later we are just as passionate about sharing the joy of dance with Sydney. Our internationally renowned instructors can help you learn the Cha Cha in one of our beautiful studios across the city.
Our instructors and choreographers come from a range of impressive dance backgrounds, have a lifelong love of dance, and will help you become a better dancer, no matter what level of skill and fitness you begin with.
If you’re living in Sydney and you’re interested in learning the Cha Cha, contact the Arthur Murray team today and claim your free Cha Cha lesson. Contact details for each of our Sydney studios are below.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
Book a Cha Cha Lesson in Sydney CBD: (02) 9299 5000
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Cha Cha Lesson in Crows Nest: (02) 9439 2061 or Free Call 1800 069 986
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Cha Cha Lesson at Bondi Junction: (02) 9011 7304