'Chacha' Dance Articles


Coldplay - Clocks Salsa Music Remix

Posted on 7 months ago
Coldplay - Clocks Salsa Music Remix

An oldie, but still goodie that I found in my salsa collection that some of our new fans of Coldplay and salsa alike may not know about. An anonymous author took the famous Coldplay song "Clocks" and remixed it with a salsa beat to give it a more latin rhythm feel. Listen to it and tell us what you think?...




Coldplay - Buena Vista Cha Cha Remix

Posted on over 4 years ago
Coldplay - Buena Vista Cha Cha Remix

Continuing last week's article of Latin cover song remixes, here is more popular remix that is now being used by many salsa choreographers in their performances. This song mixes the famous Coldplay "The Clocks" with the cha-cha-like style of the Buena Vista Social Club....




Learn Cha Cha Dancing for Beginners!

Posted on over 5 years ago
Learn Cha Cha Dancing for Beginners!

This video Cha Cha lesson of Addicted2Salsa will teach you the basics of Latin style cha cha dancing. We will go over the basic step of Cha Cha dance for beginners and instruct you with basic dance partnering. If you are coming from a salsa dancing background, we will show you how you can transfer your salsa dance moves and patterns over to Latin Cha Cha by exchanging the pauses in the salsa dance steps with the Cha Cha (triple) step. At the end, we provide you with a set of intermediate cha cha dance moves for the Latin dance club....




If they only had one of these for Cha-Cha...

Posted on over 5 years ago
If they only had one of these for Cha-Cha...

I've always liked dance-stepping-like games, such as Dance-Dance-Revolution (DDR) or Pump-It-Up, because not only are they fun, but they are a gateway drug game to real dancing. During my early days of salsa, I used to play DDR endlessly hoping to improve my footwork speed (yes, it did help!). I only wish they would have had more Latin soundtracks, such as Cha-Cha, which makes it great to practice steps and isolations at one's home. I love watching great dancers play these games to see their creativity....




Why dancing Cha Cha is good for you

Posted on about 6 years ago
Why dancing Cha Cha is good for you

Why is Cha Cha good for you?

Cha Cha fixes timing problems.
Cha Cha trains your ear.
Cha Cha teaches body styling and isolations.
Cha Cha is cool.
Let's see why.
Frankie Martinez often says that "if Salsa is the man, then Cha Cha is the woman". Cha Cha can be so delicate like the smell of a woman's hair and as emotional as the jealousy of a girlfriend. There is an incredible addiction to dancing Cha Cha that is not very apparent at first, but very powerful.
Maybe it is because of its catchy and light Cha Cha Cha rhythm, or the marked accent of the 2 and 6 beats. Maybe it's the carefree and non-hurried feel of the dance. Cha cha is so slow compared to Salsa that it feels like there is almost an infinite amount of time to develop and execute body isolations. Moreover, because Cha Cha is slower in tempo, we tend to pay more attention to the rhythmic components. The tumbao rhythm becomes so apparent in a way that it takes control of our body. The connection of the steps to the percussion of the music is remarkably easy to feel.
Perhaps its attraction rests on the opposite feel of its components, the cha-cha-cha (4 and 5 or 8 and 1) part feels subtle and natural, and the 2 3 (or 6 7) feel so determined and exact. And it is this contrast in movement that allows us to experiment with our bodies.
In terms of technique, the Cha Cha teaches exact timing and definition of steps. The Cha Cha rhythm is easy to hear and dance because the music is so slow that we can internalize the connection of the steps to the percussion beats. Initially, beginners dancers find it difficult to stay on the Cha Cha beat because Cha Cha's tempo is so slow compared to Salsa. After a while the "cha cha cha" part of the beat jumps out from the music and it becomes crystal clear, taking hold of one's sense of timing.
Cha Cha is precise in way that salsa cannot match. 10 milliseconds of discrepancy in a Cha cha step makes the body feel out-of-tune, whereas the same discrepancy in Salsa is the expected standard tolerance. ChaCha has very little room for timing error, but lots of freedom of in movement range.
So next time that the DJ plays a Cha Cha, do not take a break. Instead, grab a partner and use that opportunity to experiment with some isolations. Better yet, try to dance Cha Cha with perfect timing. After a while, there should be a noticeable improvement in your Salsa dancing....




Cha-Cha social dancing in Puerto Rico Congress

Posted on about 6 years ago
Cha-Cha social dancing in Puerto Rico Congress

While answering a few basic cha-cha dance questions in the forums, I found a great video that helped illustrate how you can lead different styled cross-body leads in cha-cha (where you can skip the cha-cha step). You can always stick to the basic in doing the cha-cha step in place while performing a CBL, but after a while, that gets pretty boring (yawn!)....