History of the Cha Cha

February 28, 2017

cha cha history fadsOnce upon a time, it was known as the Cha-Cha-Cha. Somewhere along the way, it lost a Cha. Now it’s just the Cha Cha, but it has lost none of its appeal!

This dance is characterized by three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute, and International Style averaging 32 beats per minute, this dance will definitely get your feet moving and your heart pumping! The steps are timed with the beats, and there’s a strong hip movement as the knee straightens on the half beats. It’s fun, it’s flirtatious and open to a range of personal interpretations – making it the perfect dance for both social and competitive ballroom dancers.

The Cha Cha dance originated in Cuba and grew out of the Cuban Triple Mambo. During a visit to Cuba in the early 1950s, an English dance teacher named Pierre Lavelle saw dancers performing this triple step to slow rumba and mambo music. He took it back to Britain and taught it as a separate dance that eventually became what we know now as Ballroom Cha Cha. It was introduced to the United States in 1954 and quickly became the latest craze, pushing the Mambo aside. It has never gone out of style and to this day remains popular in nightclubs across the country, in part because it is so easy to learn.

We at Fred Astaire Dance Studios love the Cha Cha because it is so lively, so vibrant and playful. This is one dance you need to have in your social arsenal, as it remains a staple of weddings and a favorite of live bands and orchestras. Click here to learn more about the Cha Cha, and see a demonstration video. Then swing by Fred Astaire Dance Studios and ask about the Cha Cha. You will find many other students already taking group or private Cha Cha lessons and having the time of their lives. And you’ll discover a warm and welcoming environment that will inspire you to realize your ballroom dancing goals and reach new heights! Regardless of your age, or level of skill or apprehension, you’ll soon be confidently dancing, and having fun doing it! Our team of highly-qualified instructors will get you started and you too will soon be saying “Cha Cha Cha.” Contact us at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and get started with our Introductory Offer!

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