Everything You Need To Know About The Cha-Cha

Published: 04 March 2019

Dancing With The Stars What Is The Cha Cha?
Dancing With The Stars What Is The Cha Cha?
You're watching Dancing With The Stars What Is The Cha Cha? Pro dancer Marco explains the basics of this fun and flirty, Cuban dance

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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.


The Cha-Cha has a distinctive syncopation of “1, 2, cha cha cha”. Watch our pro dancers in action at rehearsal!


Synchronised steps

There should be a lot of synchronised movements in a Cha-Cha, so the partners work parallel with each other.

New Yorker

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 movement

Look out for lots of hip, bum and leg action, due to the alternate bending and straightening action of the knees.

Cha-Cha with a twist

Our celebrities and dancers have been mixing it up by combining traditional Cha-Cha routines with other various dance styles. We’ve even seen the Cha-Cha mixed with hip-hop!