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Types of Ballroom Dances – Cha-Cha

The cha-cha dance is a dance that originated from Cuba and was originally known as the cha-cha-cha. The dance was created from two other dances – the 'mambo' and the 'danzon'. This dance is danced in a steady yet energetic rhythm to authentic Cuban music,Latin Rock or Latin Pop and is made up of two slower steps followed by three quick steps i.e. cha-cha-cha in a 'one-two-cha-cha-cha' dance rhythm. Even though the modern ballroom version of dancing 'cha-cha' gradually continues to evolve with every dance competition; the dance remains strongly based on its Cuban roots from the 1950's. Cha-cha was introduced in the United States around the year 1954 and had apparently gained so much popularity among American's by 1959 that it was reported to be the most popular dance in the country. It remains as one of the most popular Latin dances in the U.S. today.

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