Cha-cha-cha is a Latin American dance form, which originated in Cuba. The dance corresponds to the cha-cha-cha music, introduced by Cuban violinist Enrique Jorrin, in 1954. The African and Cuban rhythms of this dance melt into Latin beats, which makes this art form a true delight for both, eyes and ears. Cha-cha-cha is a very popular ballroom dance, which involves footwork and amazing hip movement. In this couple dance, the lead dancer (male) starts his steps from the second beat, rather than the first one. In the following lines, we have provided the basic steps of the cha-cha-cha dance.
Cha-Cha-Cha Dance Steps
- The lead dancer (male) positions himself facing his pair (the female dancer). Now, he places his right hand on her left side, slightly below her left shoulder and holds her right hand in his left hand, lifting it a bit high. Facing him, the woman holds his left hand with her right one, lifting it high.
- When the man hears the second beat, he steps forward with his left foot at the front, while his partner steps backwards.
- On the third beat, the lead dancer slightly lifts his right foot and sets it down in the same place. Coordinating with the step, the woman lifts her left foot and sets it down, again in the same position.
- In the following step, the male dancer steps backwards, to the left side, with his left foot. While doing this, he brings his right foot beside it and again steps to the left side. His partner does the same thing with her right foot. She steps forward to the right side with her right foot. By bringing her left foot beside the right one, she steps to the right again.
- Next, the male dancer steps on his right foot, while his partner steps on her left foot.
- The lead dancer then raises his left foot and sets it down in the same position. The woman does the same with her right foot.
- During the final step, the lead dancer steps forwards, to the right side, with his right foot. To do the cha-cha-cha, he brings his left foot beside it and then steps to the left.
- During the final step, the female dancer steps backwards to the left, with her left foot. For the cha-cha-cha, she brings her right foot beside it and then steps to the left once again.