1. "Bendita Tu Luz" by Mana

5. "No Llores" by Gloria Estefan

Origin: Cuba

cha cha dance music

Technique behind the dance

 The steps are taken on the beats, with a strong hip movement as the knee straightens on the half beats in between. The weight is kept well forward, with forward steps taken toe-flat, and it is danced with minimal upper-torso movement.

Like most Latin dances, it is done with the feet remaining close to the floor (toe steps). The dancers hips are relaxed to allow free movement in the pelvic area as a result of the bending and straightening of the knees. The upper body shifts over the supporting foot as the steps are taken (foot moves, body follows). This hip action is called Latin or Cuban motion.

In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. The modern ballroom technique of Cha-cha (and other ballroom dances) does undergo gradual evolution, particularly in competition dancing, but in essence is still firmly based on its Cuban origin in the 1950s.

2. "Chilly Cha Cha" by Jessica Jay

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The cha-cha, is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the Mambo. The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers' feet.

Cha was introduced to the United States in 1954 and was an instant hit, with dance studios reporting it to be their most popular dance. It is such an "on the beat" dance that you can't help inject your own feelings into it. Cha Cha is still the most popular of the Latin dances in the United States today.

Tempo: 120 - 128 Beats Per Minute

4. "El diablo anda suelto" by Rey Ruiz

 Although the recommended tempo of music for this dance is 120-128 BPM Cha-cha can be danced at any speed and there are plenty of songs at different tempos depending on your mood and skill level. Dancing socially, you'll encounter both slow and fast songs. It is recommended to play with the music and really emphasize the "cha-cha-cha" using a lot of arm styling and sharp turns since cha-cha is characterized by its staccato nature.

3. "Dimelo" by Marc Anthony