(Note: The Cha-Cha starts on 2!!)
Time Signature: 4/4 timing.
Tempo: Between 112-120 BPM for American and 128 BPM for International. Music Style: Upbeat music which is traditionally Latin music, but can be many styles, including popular music. Traditional Cha Cha music is characterized by the guiro, which will sound something like this sound: chhh ch ch chhh ch ch chhh ch ch chhh ch ch, or you can think Chaaa Cha Cha Chaaa Cha Cha Chaaa Cha Cha Chaaa Cha Cha.
Character: Fast, spicy, hot movements both sharp and smooth, again incorporating Cuban Motion.
Where you can use it: Many popular songs from different genres use a Cha-Cha rhythm. Often you can hear Cha-Chas played any place where upbeat music is being played; clubs, bars, weddings, dances, parties of all kinds. Eventually one of the songs will be suitable to dance the Cha-Cha to. Many variety bands also incorporate a Cha-Cha-able rhythm or two into their set. Salsa clubs will often play 1 or 2 Cha-Chas during the evening. Certainly Latin bands will be heard playing these rhythms. As always, you will find all styles of music, including Cha Cha played at ballroom dances.
(Want to know where you can go to dance around us (within 60 miles)? Check out our guide: "Places to Dance".)
CLICK BELOW TO SEE EXAMPLES OF CHA CHA FROM OUR DIOAMORE DANCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN AND PRACTICE TO CHA CHA MUSIC FROM OUR DIOAMORE DANCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
Tel: 707.761.5214 Hours: Monday-Thursday 6-10pm and by appointment