The Cha-Cha-Cha

Unlike many ballroom dances, the Cha-Cha-Cha is one of the more modern forms. It does not have a long history of centuries, and the music for it was composed in Cuba less than six decades ago. It is a combination of dance styles, and it has long been recognized as a derivative form of the Mambo. This dance was a popular folk dance among the Cuban people for many centuries, but the modern Cha-Cha-cha has become a dance form that stands on its own.

It might seem to be a dance reserved for adults as it follows many of the Latino forms in expressing sexuality, but it is often one of the first ballroom dances taught to children. They are expected to lack the knowledge of the sensual nature of this dance, and they are generally given it in their first lessons simply because the steps are easy for them to learn. They can also appreciate the fast paced rhythm of this dance, and it offers them a way to begin lessons without the feeling they will be unable to master it.

Adults who favor this dance add their own embellishments, and it is not unusual to see swirls, twirls and dips during competitions. Many of the judges will give them additional points for expression on both their faces and bodies as they work together to complete all the steps. Adding in variations is a favorite way to personalize it, and many couples have their own unique style.

This is a dance that is relatively easy to master in just a few lessons, but coming up with a unique style can take years. For those who retain their love of the dance, finding the right partner to accompany them can add in elements of attraction, sexuality and personal style that will make them the center of attention at any competition.