The Cha Cha is a fast Ballroom dance that follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement. Cha Cha’s tempo is anywhere from slow and staccato to fast and lively. It is very much an on-the-beat dance and hard not to inject one’s own feelings into it. This facet, more than any other, makes the dance fun for people of all ages. It is a real let-it-all-out type of dance.
The Cha Cha, while sprung up from Latin American roots in Cuba, really flowered under North American influence. While closely identified with the Mambo, Cha Cha has enough intrinsic individuality to be classified as a distinct dance. Much has been written about the history of the Rumba and the Mambo, while little has been explored about the origins of Cha Cha, despite it being a dance to be reckoned with.
The health benefits of learning to Cha Cha include improved muscle mass and stimulation of the mind.