Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cha Cha Cha

Since the Waltz, the Rumba and the Tango were just covered in other blogs I thought I would make one on the Cha-Cha-Cha which is the name of a dance of Cuban origin. And at present, one of the most popular social dances World Wide.

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The Rock Step and the Chassé developed in the Caribbean long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens.. But these movements had been brought over centuries before from the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico, straight across to Cuba (only ninety miles from Yucatan.) Or around to Florida and then to Cuba (only ninety miles.) Or went down to northern part of South America (only ninety miles to the Antilles.)

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The partner dances that developed in the Caribbean were accented on the second beat. the slower bolero-son ("rumba") was always danced on the second beat. It was a rock step and a slow step. They broke on the second beat, back on rock step on three and the slow step covering 4, 1. Simple and beautiful. The same thing was done later in the Mambo and note the resemblance of many of the Mambo movements to the International style of Rumba. No coincidence.

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There are many "new" reasons for Cha Cha Cha. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. But generally this rhythm was developed from the Mambo by a syncopation of the fourth beat. And began to be used in the slower Mambos using the chassé instead of the slow step.

This new dance had a split fourth beat, and the dance was accented on the second beat. To dance it one broke (rock step) on the second beat, not the first. Back on the rock step on three and then the chassé on the 4 and 1. Later in the US, when the music was accented on the one, you broke on the one. Simple?

Please note, that this is also done in two swing versions. One has a rock step and two slow steps, and the other has a rock step and two chassés (substituting for the slow steps.) Dancing has very few basic movements and they may be used in 5000 different dances with only slight differences in styling. Learn your basic movements.