The cha-cha-cha is both a dance and a musical genre, which was invented in 1953 by the Cuban violinist Enrique Jorrin of the America Charanga Orchestra. The word Cha-cha-cha comes from the rhythm and sound that the güiro makes and the shuffling of the dancers feet.
Enrique Jorrín, noticing the difficulties that dancers had with the Danzón-Mambo dance, decided to create a new, simpler form based on melodies, so that the dancers could move with the rhythm rather than dealing with the difficulties of missed beats.
The combination of a melody with timing and the accompanying dance became a genre in its own right and was named Cha-cha-cha.
Cha-cha-cha is a relatively new discipline, but the steps are a little bit more complex than those of other dances- such as Rumba, Mambo, Salsa, etc. The main characteristic of the routine is that there are always four beats for the dancers to keep time to.
The Basic Steps
Beat 2: The male dancer steps forward with the left foot, transferring the weight of his body forward, while the female steps back on her right foot.
Beat 3: The male dancer balances the weight of his body backwards with his right foot, while the female does it with her right foot.
Beats 4 and 1 (or “cha-cha-cha”): The male dancer moves his body to the left, and the female also moves her body to the left.
They then start again, reversing the roles.
The Cha-cha-cha music is very appealing, and its main characteristic is its irregular counting. It goes: “two-three”, “four-and-one”, the last corresponds to the beat of “cha-cha-cha”. The cha-cha-cha tempo is around 30 beats a minute.
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