ChaCha is a dance of Cuban origin, and derives its name from the rhythm developed by a syncopation of the fourth beat. ChaCha gathers its flavor, rhythm, and charm from a derivation of three primary sources: the Mambo, Rumba, and indirectly, the Lindy Hop.
It was popularized in the 1950’s with music by such artists as Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. Today it is danced to popular night club styles of music.
The ChaCha's tempo is anywhere from slow and staccato to fast and lively. It is very much an on-the-beat dance and it is hard to not 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.
ChaCha is danced in place in the American Style but may travel down the line in the International style. As the steps are quite compact, the feet are usually no more than 12 inches apart.