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Cha Cha

Author:
Dance History
Date Published:
February 7, 2004

Cha-Cha-Cha is the newcomer of the Latin American dances. This dance was first seen in the dance-halls of America, in the early fifties, following closely Mambo, from which it was developed. Shortly after the Mambo was introduced, another rhythm started to gain popularity, a rhythm that was ultimately to become the most commonly known of the Latin American dances throughout the world. It was named Cha-Cha-Cha. The music is slower than Mambo and the rhythm is less complicated. The interpretation of Cha-Cha-Cha music should produce a happy, carefree, cheeky, party-time-like atmosphere. Recently it was decided to shorten the name to Cha-Cha.

Syllabus:

Bronze

Alemana
Basic movement
Closed hip twist
Cuban rocks
Cucarachas
Fan
Hand to hand
Hockey stick
Natural opening out movement
Natural top
New York
Progressive walks
Shoulder to shoulder
Side step
Spot turns
Three cha cha chas
Time steps
Underarm turns
Silver

Aida (ISTD)
Curl (*, ISTD)
Open hip twist
Opening out from reverse top (ISTD)
Reverse top(ISTD)
Ronde chasse (IDTA)
Shoulder to shoulder(IDTA: bronze)
Spiral
Gold

Advanced hip twist
Cross basic
Cuban breaks
Follow my leader
Foot changes
Hip twist spirals
Rope spinning
Split cuban breaks
Sweetheart
Turkish towel