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Basic Cha Cha Steps

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Originating in Cuba, Cha Cha is a true latin dance and probably one of the most versatile dances of the Latin family. It's very popular among ballroom dancers and is quite often the first dance beginners will take when they start learning latin dances.

Cha Cha is characterized by its captivating rhythm – one, two, cha, cha, cha or step, step, cha-cha-cha. The footwork is simple and mostly focuses on just shifting weight from one foot to another.

It's danced to music writen in 4/4 time and played at a tempo of 28-34 measures per minute. Five steps are taken to four beats of music - 2 slow steps, 2 quick steps, followed by one slow step. So the count would be: Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow…

Cha Cha movements tend to be somewhat flirtatious. This is definitely a party dance!

Instructions & Diagrams:

Partners face each other. Gentleman starts with left foot, lady starts with right foot. Basic ballroom hold.

Basic Steps for Men

Basic Cha Cha Steps for Men

  1. Step forward with your left foot
  2. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  4. Move your right foot to your left foot
  5. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  6. Step backward & left with your right foot
  7. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  8. Step forward & right with your right foot
  9. Move your left foot to your right foot
  10. Sidestep to the right with your right foot

Basic Steps for Women

Basic Cha Cha steps for Women

  1. Step back with your right foot
  2. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3. Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  4. Move your left foot to your right foot
  5. Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  6. Step forward & right with your left foot
  7. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  8. Step backward & left with your left foot
  9. Move your right foot to your left foot
  10. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
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