International Latin Cha Cha Cha

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International Latin Cha Cha Cha
Brief Description
The Cha Cha Cha is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by the Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950's. The rhythm was developed from the danzon - Mambo. The name is onomatopeic and was derived from the shuffling sound of the dancer's feet. Generally, the steps are kept compact and the dance is danced without any rise and fall.
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar)
30 - 32 Bars Per Minute 
Basic Rhythm
The dance should be started by taking a step 
on the 1st Beat of a bar of music.
(1) 234&1 234&234&1
Accented First and Third Beat 
(Musical Accent) 
Accented Second and Fourth Beat
(Second Slight -Fourth Stronger) 
(Percussive Accent)
Timing & Beat Values
The music is constructed so that the 4th beat of each bar is split into two equal parts. During the dance the first two steps of the Cha Cha Cha Chasse coincide with the two half beats formed by the split 4th beat. The third step of the chasse coincides with the first beat of the next bar of music.
Music Style
Medium-Tempo Latin Music
Close Hold 
The couple will be approximately 15cm apart with the lady slightly to the man's right side. The weight may be on either foot, lady normal opposite. The man's right hand is placed on the lady's back and cups the lower part of her left shoulder blade. The right arm is held in a soft curve, with the elbow at approximately chest level. The lady's left arm is laid lightly on top of the man's right arm, following the same curve and her left hand rests lightly on top of the man's right shoulder.
The man's left hand is held in a soft curve approximately matching the right arm but with the left forearm raised. The left hand, with wrist straight, approximately level with his nose. The lady's right hand is held lightly by the man in his left hand. The man's left hand and the lady's right hand should be on an imaginary line through the centre position between the two bodies.
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