The young dance Cha-Cha, came from a combination of Rumba and Mambo in 1952, pioneered by the famous English teacher of ballroom dancing Pierre Lavelle. Lavelle travelled to Cuba and saw the original version of the Rumba with additional steps, adding a relevant impact in the music when the rhythm is set beside castanets, drums, accented with three “clatters”.


Cha-Cha-Cha and got its name because of the special nature of the repeating basic rhythm and special sound provoked by maracas. In England, Lavelle started teaching this option as a separate dance, which, because of its simplicity and originality rapidly moved throughout the whole world.

Cha-cha-cha is light-hearted, cheerful and has a cheeky character, in contrast to the more restrained and dramatic Rumba. And if Rumba is a foretelling of love, Cha-cha-cha is alive with emotions that embody passion, which is complemented by the original funny and liberated mood of the dance.


Movement: bright, staccato, passionate and clear.

Mood: playful, cheerful, lively, rowdy.

Scenario: a flirtation, a game, playing hard to get

Aura: shimmering, flirtatious, playful

Time signature: 4/4.

Beats per minute: 30-32.

Accent: at 1 and 3 (1 stronger) hit.

Rise and Fall: none