Everything You Need To Know About The Cha-Cha
Published: 04 March 2019
Our celebrities and dancers have been shaking up the stage with this fun and flirty dance style!
Our all-star lineup and their professional partners have been Cha-Cha-ing their way through Dancing With The Stars, trying to impress our expert judges and everyone watching at home. With so much technique involved, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about this Latin-style dance so that you – along with our judges – can pick the perfect Cha-Cha performance!
What is the Cha-Cha?Cha-Cha-Cha or the Cha-Cha, is a cheeky, lively Cuban dance that gained popularity in the 1950s. A fusion between Mambo and Danzon, the Latin dance takes its name from the shuffling sound the dancer’s shoes made every time they danced this way.
SyncopationThe Cha-Cha has a distinctive syncopation of “1, 2, cha cha cha”. Watch our pro dancers in action at rehearsal!
Synchronised stepsThere should be a lot of synchronised movements in a Cha-Cha, so the partners work parallel with each other.
A New York or New Yorker is a basic step of the Cha-Cha which allows the dancers to quickly swivel and check, to then change directions.
Hip movementLook out for lots of hip, bum and leg action, due to the alternate bending and straightening action of the knees.