Cha CHa Cha Classes

Learn to sway your hips to the Latin rhythm that is Cha Cha Cha! This fun-filled, action-packed, syncopated-step dance will give you the confidence to express yourself on the dance floor and beyond
The Cha-Cha-Cha dance originated in the 1950s in Cuba, emerging as a fusion of several dance styles, including Mambo and Danzón. Its roots can be traced back to the syncopated rhythms of Afro-Cuban music, particularly the syncopation of the danzón-mambo. The name “Cha-Cha-Cha” is said to have derived from the sound of dancers’ feet as they shuffled across the floor, creating a distinctive rhythm.

In the 1950s, Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín is credited with formalising the Cha-Cha-Cha dance style by introducing the characteristic triple-step pattern. This step, known as the “cha-cha-cha,” became the hallmark of the dance, giving it its unique flair and infectious energy. The Cha-Cha-Cha gained popularity not only in Cuba but also in the United States and around the world, becoming a staple in ballroom dance competitions and social gatherings.

Over time, the Cha-Cha-Cha evolved and incorporated elements from other dance styles, such as Jazz and Latin American dances like the Mambo and Rumba. Its lively, syncopated rhythm and playful movements captivated dancers globally, making it a beloved favourite in both casual and competitive dance scenes. Today, the Cha-Cha-Cha continues to thrive as a dynamic and vibrant dance form, celebrated for its infectious energy, expressive movements, and rich cultural heritage.

Cha Cha Cha 1 – Beginners

Whether you have never done Cha Cha before,  had some exposure to it, or even know some Ballroom-style Cha Cha CHa, then this course is perfect for you. We will teach you the basics of this syncopated-step dance, which will improve your Salsa timing and most importantly help you become light on your feet. 

The course will cover what we call the “core drill combo’s”, a series of step combinations and simple partner-work that will help to understand the rhythm and timing. What might seem difficult in the beginning will become very easy!

Prerequisite: None – no dance experience necessary!

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Cha Cha Cha 2 – Improvers / Intermediate

Building upon the “core drill” steps and basic partner-work, we will highlight the differences between the more advanced dance movements to the Cha Cha rhythm and timing.

You will learn more challenging partner-work and footwork sequences, focusing on becoming more comfortable with keeping the timing. Elements of beautiful Cha Cha arm-styling and body movements will be encouraged. This will help develop your co-ordination and footwork speed to a high intermediate level.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Cha Cha 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 7 to 9 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Cha Cha Cha 3 – Advanced

Now the real fun and creativity begins! Together, we will show you how creative Cha Cha can be compared to other Latin dances. Special focus will be applied to playful musicality and improvisation in partner connection.

Bringing together all these elements and more will give you the encouragement to hit the dance floor with confidence to connect with music and express yourself. All topped off with a big joyous smile!

Prerequisite: Mastering of Cha Cha 2 or equivalent experience. This level has a compulsory evaluation to enter. Evaluations available upon request.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata.

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