Cheeky, flirtatious and carefree, the cha cha is usually one of the first Latin dances a beginner learns, and is also a social favourite. Cha cha music originated from Cuba and has a strong, easily recognised beat with a tempo of about 30 bars per minute. The name is onomatopoeic, derived from the rhythm of the güiro (scraper) and the shuffling of the dancers’ feet. The cha cha arrived from the US in about 1962 and proved to be immediately and tremendously popular in Britain.



  • Time Step
  • Close Basic
  • Open Basic
  • Fan
  • Hockey Stick
  • Check from Open P.P. & C.P.P. (New York)
  • Spot Turn to L and R
  • Shoulder to Shoulder
  • Hand to Hand
  • Natural Top
  • Alemana


  • Close Hip Twist
  • Open Hip Twist
  • Cross Basic


  • Close Hip Twist Spiral
  • Open Hip Twist Spiral
  • Cuban Breaks in Open Position
  • Split Cuban Breaks in Open C.P.P.
  • Split Cuban Break from Open CPP and Open PP
  • Turkish Towel