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The Style
Cha-Cha-Cha is danced at the place with lively hip movements with the torso held quiet. The basic steps look mobily and very dynamically because of the increased speed of the cross steps and the harder accentuation. The leg and foot working plays an important roll in this dance, what makes the actions quick and powerful. The straight legs and knees characterize Cha-Cha-Cha. Similar to Rumba, also Cha-Cha-Cha is an erotic game. Self-assured the dancers play a few with the partner, do not bind themselves. Nothing is meant serious, everything is cheerful and insolent.

The Rhythm
Cha-Cha-Cha is played in 4/4-time in the rhythm slow-slow-quick-quick-slow. A basic step covers two tacts. 30 to 34 beats are normal per minute. In tournaments 32 beats are danced per minute.

Past and Present

Cha-Cha-Cha is one of the latest phenomena in the evolution of Afro Cuban music. Like Mambo in the beginning, Cha-Cha-Cha has only been a new type of music.

Cha-Cha-Cha as a dance is an artificial creation, a variation of Rumba and Mambo. In 1953 the Cuban musician Enrique Jorrin, from Habana, created the slow-played Mambo-Cha-Cha-Cha and replaced the fast-played Mambo, that didn't become popular. The Palladium, on Broadway in New York City, is known as the birthplace of Cha-Cha-Cha.

The term Cha-Cha-Cha can be seen as a rhythmic part of the music, as a kind of triplet, which is "spoken" clearly by the musicians and which is "interpreted" by the dancers with three little steps.

Coming from Cuba Cha-Cha-Cha dance and music spread over North America, becoming all the rage in New York City from 1954. However, Europe was open-minded for Latin American music and dance innovations too. In Germany Cha-Cha-Cha first was presented as a ballroom dance at the ADTV congress by Gerd and Traute Hädrich in 1957. Because of its clear rhythm and its variety of cheerful figures, Cha-Cha-Cha was accepted shortly afterwards. Cha-Cha-Cha was included into the dance competitions as fourth Latin American dance in 1961.

Today Cha-Cha-Cha is one of the most popular dances all over the world.