Cha Cha Dance History
With the experimented the new beats and tempos in the music, the Mambo underwent subtle changes. Triple Mambo was invented. Among the different forms of the mambo was one called the "chatch", which introduced three quick variations of weight preceded by two slow steps. The scraping and shuffling of the feet in these steps generate a sound that sounds like "Cha Cha Cha". Arthur Murray (of Dance Studio fame), simplified the dance by dropping off a Cha and creating the 1, 2, 3, Cha Cha - he thought the adapted step would be easier to learn.
By the early 1950s, this figure had developed into a new dance contained of many simple changes on the basic footwork. The dance received the name CHA-CHA; its feature three-step change of weight carried the recognized verbal meaning, "cha-cha-cha".
In 1952, the English dance teacher Pierre Lavelle visited Cuba; and he saw that sometimes the Rumba was danced with extra beats. When he returned to Britain, he started teaching these steps as a separate dance. The name could have been resultant from the Spanish 'Chacha' significance 'nursemaid', or 'chachar' significance 'to chew coca leaves',or from 'char' meaning 'tea' , or most likely from the fast and cheerful'Cuban dance: the Guaracha. This dance has been popular in Europe from before the turn of the century.
Cha Cha Cha differentiates itself from all the other Latin dances by a vocal trademark; that is to say voices singing in harmony with no vibrato. In 1949, this new gender of dance craze was introduced in the United Stated by Minon Mondajar...Tempo wise the Cha Cha Cha is expanded, savory and inviting in its different forms...Bolaro Cha Cha Cha, Mambo Cha Cha Cha, Danzon Cha Cha Cha and perhaps even a Samba Cha Cha Cha...brass, strings or reeds are used melodically and in rhythms against a solid Latin rhythm part with voices in unison prevailing throughout.
A brief history of some styles of dance: