Cha-cha Dance lessons originated in the 1950s as a slow 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 distinct repetitive foot rhythm characterizes his name.
The Cha Cha developed its popularity under the North American influence. As aforementioned said, The Cha Cha has many connections with the Mambo style. However, the dance must be considerate as a separate one because of its own characteristics. The history of the Rumba and the Mambo runs deep, while the origins of Cha Cha still have yet to be explored as widely, even though it has a reputation of being a dance with individuality.
Depending on its tempo, the Cha Cha can be slow and staccato or fast and lively. Its unique on-the-beat characteristic allows the dancer the opportunity to easily be expressive, which makes the Cha Cha a joy to dance 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 1950’s. Today, it is danced to easily danced accompanied by night club music.