Cha Cha Class Adults

Cha Cha Class Adults

Cha Cha classes for adults

The Cha Cha Cha is danced to medium-tempo Latin music. This is an exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950s. The Cha Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm. Born out of Cuba and said to have got its name from the sound of Cuban slippers as they scratched along the dance floor, this dance became the biggest Latin craze to follow in the footsteps of the Mambo. With a faster rhythm than the Mambo, the Cha Cha Cha’s mix of rolling hips left little room for physical contact, and it fed into the public demand for solo dancing that was evolving.

It is danced solo or in partnership, short steps, strong hip actions, tight mini-skirts and that cheeky sassy feel. From the cramped conditions of the hot and sultry clubs of Cuba, to the English ballrooms in Europe, the Cha Cha Cha attracted young dancers looking for a good night out. The dance has come full circle because, today in the most hip and trendy clubs people are seen marking out the steps of this dance to anything from a Perez Prado authentic groove to the hip songs from Led Zeppelin to U2.

Class Description

Each class in a series meets once a week for a six-week session. Series classes concentrate on a particular dance style to help you build on what you’ve learned each successive week. To reinforce your style and improve your skill, you will review steps learned the previous week, and be taught new steps at each new series lesson to complete a flowing dance routine at the end of the Series.

Cha Cha Cha Part I

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Type: Series Class
  • Dates: See schedule for details
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Frequency: Once a week
  • Learn: You will learn how to listen to the music, so that you can dance to the cha cha timing. This will help you to dance in connection with your partner and to enjoy more of the music, while you learn something new at every class. We will cover basic steps. You will also learn footwork. With this foundation to build on, the 2nd segment will enable you to incorporate and practice more cha cha moves; and whether you lead or follow, you will acquire a better understanding of dancing in sync with your partner.

Cha Cha Cha Part II

  • Prerequisite: Cha Cha Cha Part I
  • Type: Series Class
  • Dates: See schedule for details
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Frequency: Once a week
  • Learn Social Cha-Cha-Cha CLub Style! Improvers footwork and patterns along with leading techniques and playing with the music.

Cha Cha Cha Part III

  • Prerequisite: Cha Cha Cha Part II
  • Type: Open
  • Dates: See schedule for details

History

Cha-cha-cha is the name of a Latin American dance of Cuban origin. The name may also be spelled chachachá. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. This rhythm was developed from the danzón by a syncopation of the fourth beat. The name is onomatopoeic, derived from the rhythm of the güiro (scraper) and the shuffling of the dancers’ feet.

The modern style of dancing the cha-cha-chá derives from studies made by dance teacher Pierre Zurcher Margolie (‘Monsieur Pierre’), who partnered Doris Lavelle. Pierre, then from London, visited Cuba in 1952 to find out how and what Cubans were dancing at the time. He noted that this new dance had a split 4th beat, and to dance it one started on the second beat, not the first. He brought this dance idea to England and eventually created what is known now as ballroom cha-cha-cha. The validity of his analysis is well established for that time, and some forms of evidence exist today. First, there is in existence film of Orquesta Jorrin playing to a cha-cha-cha dance contest in Cuba; second, the rhythm of the Benny More classic Santa Isabel de las Lajas written and recorded at about the same time is quite clearly syncopated on the fourth beat. Also, note that the slower bolero-son (“rumba”) was always danced on the second beat.