The Complete Cha Cha collection
The cha-cha-chá, or simply cha-cha in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo.
The Cha Cha Cha was brought to the UK in the 1950’s. The original Cuban and the ballroom cha-cha-cha count is “two, three, cha cha cha” or “two, three, four and one”.
“One” being the accentuated beat! The dance does not start on the first beat of a bar, though it can start with a transfer of weight on count one to start the movement.
With regard to the hip movement and the Latin style, the weighted leg is almost always straight. The free leg will bend, allowing the hips to naturally settle into the direction of the weighted leg. As a step is taken the free leg will straighten the instant before it receives weight. It should then remain straight until it is completely free of weight again.
In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall The Cha-cha-cha (and other ballroom dances) will always undergo gradual evolution but in essence is stillfirmly based on its Cuban origin in the 1950s.