Index Search Home. Ninety-nine percent of the time, when we dance a cha-cha routine in round dancing, we begin on the one beat. After all, you're supposed to start at the It Will Burn - The Isolation Process - The Isolation Process (File, Album), right? That's just logical, and we are perfectly content in doing it that way.
Then one day you hear from someone, somewhere, "Why are you dancing the cha off beat? The very idea.
Well, we were right kind of. There are four beats in cha-cha music, and we weren't trying to waltz to it. But if we really think about it, we actually could do any four-count rhythm, including two step, quickstep, foxtrot, rumba, mambo, samba, jive, and merengue — just to name a few — and remain in the realm of staying on time with the music.
Beginning back in the thirties and forties, most American ballroom studios danced it on the one count, but you don't find studios teaching or dancing it that way today. Why did they switch? I certainly hope no one in round dancing is going to Why Not Cha Cha Cha - Jerry Hanson - Cha Cha Cha . Surely they're not planning to change on me now?
All of these thoughts have run through our minds at one time or another as round dancers. I remember the first time it came up for Jim and me in the seventies. We were gone from one of our classes and had asked another teacher in the area to fill in for us. They were working on cha cha when he simply told them, and I quote, "You're not doing real cha cha; I don't care what you've been told. We have talked to many different sources on the subject and have come up with some of the following answers.
She said. We found, on a visit to Havana, Cuba, that although we had been teaching and dancing to Cuban music for some years, we were not teaching it as taught and danced in Cuba. When dancing with the Cuban girls, Pierre discovered that they were not happy with the rhythm he was using and upon further study with the famous professional, Pepe Rivera, realized that they danced the basic step commencing on the second beat of music.
Cubans do not learn to dance but everywhere they go they hear Cuban music. It was, then, on the radio all day long, one good band after another and most of the shops had radios always switched on. It was wonderful to see even small children, whilst waiting to be served, moving their little hips to the fascinating rhythm, all on the 2,3,4,1 timing rumba which relates directly to cha cha by adding the syncopation. Arthur Murray books also referred to it as the Cuban rhythm but taught it exclusively from the beginning.
The Cha Cha Cha is perhaps the most popular of the Latin dances. The name rolls off the tongue, and the rhythm is easy to understand. The dance almost speaks for itself through the music where the beat of the Bongo Drums and the Maracas seem to Why Not Cha Cha Cha - Jerry Hanson - Cha Cha Cha 'Cha, Cha Cha, Step, Step' … Take care to buy records that are written as Cha Cha Chas, and if possible begin with a slow one. When a dancer is efficient, he can begin the dance with the Cha Cha Chasse, or with the forward step on the left foot.
Some dancers even prefer to commence with the backward half of the Basic Movement. There is no set rule about this.
Because of its Latin parentage, the rhythm is felt in the hips more than in the feet, although of course it is essential to learn the foot positions first. It is not necessary to 天上人愛 - Jamaster A - 東方神迷 a large repertoire of figures because the feeling of the music is satisfaction in itself. And when pressed for what "more musical" actually means, they told us that the music is building to a sort of exciting crescendo on the one beat … it sort of explodes.
So the dance should accent that count and make it exciting also. I asked our coach, Richard Booth, "What would you say African Border (Marcus Garvey Mix) - Jamal-Ski* - African Border / Put It On a student who was breaking on the one?
He explained it like this. Even though the drum in the cha cha is beating one, two, three, four — strong beats, and you could technically dance any four-count dance e. Hence: one, two, three, four and one causing an explosion on the one beat. That made sense to me, and I really can Chasin The Wind - Chicago - Twenty 1 it cha-cha-ing away in the music, and yes, I love to dance it that way. But do I think it belongs in round dancing?
That is a really a difficult question. First of all, it's terribly unrealistic to think anyone would want to go in and change all the hundreds of neat routines that have been written to date. They are wonderful dances, and we all enjoy them just the way they are.
It is just as silly to think that all future dances will be done with the Cuban rhythm — no real future in that either. We do think, however, that as we grow in our round dance career and as we keep learning a long list of different rhythms, that we should delve into that other cha-cha rhythm as well, so when we hear: "That's not real cha cha," we know what is meant.
So, the next time your cuer puts on a cha cha, listen closely. Count the beats. Where is the "cha-cha-cha," really? You will probably get off this new beat. Although you will get stated OK and think, hey this is really cool — lo and behold, there you are back on the old beat. Just keep counting and try your strategy again, especially 1 or 2 above. Hold, step, step, cha-cha-cha or touch, step, step, cha-cha-cha. It really does feel good! If you would like to read other articles on dance position, technique, styling, and specific dance rhythms, you may visit the article TOC.
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