C is for Cha Cha
Cha Cha Cha is a flamboyant, playful dance that projects a sense of fun.
Cha Cha is an off-shoot of the Mambo. Cuban in origin, the New Yorkers are said to have developed the dance style by adding a Jive break. The rhythm count is 4/4 but the 4th beat is split, thus thank you to NY, we get the 2-3-4 and one count.
There is a definite difference between American and International Cha Cha Cha. When dancing American, the dancer steps onto a bent knee while the International dancer lands on a straight leg with the knee almost locked. The straight leg gives a natural hip rotation.
To dance Cha Cha, it is essestial to master Cuban motion for both the gentleman and lady. Small steps with the feet sliding on the floor gives the Cha Cha its distinctive rhythmic flavor. Cuban motion is an acquired hip rotation that comes with hours of practice. I also encourage social dancers to learn this motion as the frosting on your Cha Cha cake.