Footwork Patterns in Dance: The Cha-Cha-Cha

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Originating in Cuba, the Cha-Cha-Cha is a lively and versatile Latin dance.  It is characterized by its captivating rhythm – one, two, cha, cha, cha or step, step, cha, cha, cha. The footwork is simple, focusing on shifting weight from one foot to another. 

You dance the Cha-Cha-Cha to music in 4/4 time. Your steps follow the music – two slow steps, then two quick steps, followed by one slow step. So the count would be: Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow… 

Instructions:

Partners face each other in a basic ballroom hold. Gentleman starts with left foot; lady starts with right foot.

Basic Steps for Men

  1.   Step forward with your left foot
  2.   Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3.   Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  4.   Move your right foot to your left foot
  5.   Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  6.   Step backward & left with your right foot
  7.   Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  8.   Step forward & right with your right foot
  9.   Move your left foot to your right foot
  10.   Sidestep to the right with your right foot

Basic Steps for Women

  1.   Step back with your right foot
  2.   Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3.   Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  4.   Move your left foot to your right foot
  5.   Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  6.   Step forward & right with your left foot
  7.   Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  8.   Step backward & left with your left foot
  9.   Move your right foot to your left foot
  10.   Sidestep to the left with your left foot

 

http://www.dancing4beginners.com/cha-cha-steps.htm 

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