Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha, it became popular around 1954. Cha Cha comes directly from the Mambo. In slower music there is a distinct sound that the dancers started accentuating, eventually creating a separate dance. This dance consists of three quick steps (triple-step or ‘cha-cha-cha’) in-between forward and backwards weight-changes with an accent on counts 2 and 6. Reportedly cha cha got its name from the sound of women’s shoes shuffling across the floor.
Meant to be lively and fun, Cha Cha is a non-progressive dance with more emphasis on Cuban Motion during the weight-changes and less during the ‘cha-cha’ action. Relax and let your personality show!