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Ballroom Cha Cha

The Cha Cha is a vibrant, flamboyant and playful dance. The light and bubbly feel of the Cha Cha gives it a unique sense of fun for dancers throughout the world. The Cha Cha 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. 

The basic components of the Cha Cha are triple steps and rock steps. Quick, small steps must be maintained throughout the dance. The distinctive movements of the hips result from the constant bending and straightening of the knees. Dancers must synchronize each movement as they dance parallel to one another. 

Because the Cha Cha is very similar to the Rumba and Mambo, several steps coincide with the steps of these dances. The main difference between the dances is that the “slow” steps of the Rumba and the Mambo are replaced with a triple step in the Cha Cha. 

To dance Cha Cha like professionals, dancers must master “Cuban motion,” the characteristic Latin body action. Cuban motion is simply a distinctive way in which the hips move up and down. The hip movements come mainly from alternately bending and straightening the knees…as one knee bends (or straightens), the same hip drops (raises).


4 beats in each bar (measure)


1, 2, 3, Cha, Cha (accent on 2)


30-32 beats per minute



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°Basic Step
°Cross Basic
°Cuban Breaks
°Cuban Rock
°Double Spot Turn
°Hand to Hand
°Hockey Stick
°Ladies Underarm Turn
°Natural Top
°New York
°Open Hip Twist
°Reverse Top
°Rock in Place
°Rope Spinning
°Shoulder to Shoulder
°Side Step (Chasses)
°Spot Turn
°There and Back
°Three Cha Chas
°Time Steps





Dance Steps