Cha-cha originated in the 1950s as a slowed down mambo. It is an exciting syncopated, Latin dance which gathers its personality, character, rhythm, basis, and charm from two major dance sources. It derives from the mambo through its Latin music, and his also a stepchild of the Swing, based on the 1-2-3 step rhythm. The cha-cha’s distinct repetitive foot rhythm characterizes his name.
Depending on its tempo, the cha-cha can be slow and staccato or fast and lively. Its unique on-the-beat characteristic allows you to be expressive, which makes the cha-cha fun for people of all ages. Most dancers find it easy to “let it all out” on the dance floor with this dance.
Since the dance is compact, cha-cha is danced in place. The dancer’s feet usually go no more than 12 inches apart. Artists as Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez made the cha-cha popular with their music in the 1950s. Today, it is easily danced to night club music.
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Benefits of Cha-Cha Dancing:
- It is a great cardio workout that also tones your legs, glutes, and core
- Looking to meet new people and make new friends? Dance classes are a great way to do that!
- Dancing as been shown to relieve stress and even improve your brain health
- Your self-esteem and confidence are sure to get a boost from dance lessons
Take a look at some Fred Astaire students doing the cha-cha:
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