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.