The Cha Cha is one of the most popular of the social Latin-American dances. Lively and flirtatious, the Cha Cha is full of passion and energy. This dance is extremely vibrant, flamboyant and playful. The light and bubbly feel of the Cha Cha gives it a unique sense of fun for dancers throughout the world. It requires small steps and lots of hip motion (Cuban motion), as it is danced in 4/4 time. The fourth beat is split into two, giving it the characteristic 2,3,4 & 1 rhythm. Therefore, five steps are danced to four beats as in the "One, two, cha cha cha" rhythm.
Also called the Cha Cha Cha, this unmistakable dance originated in Cuba in the 1940s. Composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin developed the dance as a variant of the Mambo and Rumba. The name is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound of dancers' shoes as they shuffled around the floor.
Cha Cha's continued popularity can be heard in the music of Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Carlos Santana, along with various other artists of a variety of different musical genres.
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