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Corey Miller

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of Cha-Cha-Cha

Origin of the Cha-Cha-Cha
The Cha-Cha is a Cuban combination of Mambo and the American Swing dance, Lindy.
Who are some of the important musicians/dancers?
Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana.
Work Cited
"(416) 81 SALSA." History of Cha Cha. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2013.

Bedinghaus, Treva. "Cha Cha." About.com Dance. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2013.

"History of Cha Cha." Dancing Thru Life. Burlington Salsa Dance, n.d. Web. <http://www.dancingthrulife.com/history-of-cha-cha.html>.

"History of the Cha Cha." The Cha Cha Dance History. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2013.

Kellen, Ron, Rebecca Kellen, and Bogie. "The History of Cha Cha." Dance Lovers. Dance Lovers USA, 2013. Web. <http://www.dancelovers.com/cha_cha_history.html>.

The 1950's is when the cha-cha became really popular.
In 1954 a Cuban orchestra, America, started playing the time-honored "Danzon" with a new syncopated beat. This became a big hit. Cha-cha was introduced to the U.S. in 1954 and was a most popular dance song in 1959.
It shows the movement and spice that comes from its origin, such as : the Cuban motion- distinctive way in which you move your hips up and down.
It keeps alive the Mambo dance or the “Triple Mambo” originating from Cuba in the 1940’s.
Keeps tradition and history alive!
How does Cha-Cha represent national identity?
How has Cha-Cha evolved or changed?
Cha cha was music that only had Latin sound and feel to it.
Over time Cha cha was being used with other music genres that had the 4/4 time.
- Pop/rock, country to funk and hip hop
Do the song lyrics and dance moves have special meaning?
Lyrics are most important to any song and genre.
But with the sason of Cuba the lyrics of some Cha Cha Cha songs depicts the happiness of an individual, love stories and conquest of love, tales and the “orgullo” of the community.
Dancing to some songs with different meanings can change the patterns of the beat and rhythm when it becomes slow “romantic/painful” or if the songs speeds up by “happiness/danceable”

In other countries CHA CHA CHA still posses the finesse and spiciness from Cuba.
Dancing CHA CHA CHA varies from country to country.
In Colombia CHA CHA CHA is danced with the same patterns that Cubans use but the movement of feet and hip patterns change or can be speed up.
How is the genre presented and performed in other countries?
The dance itself follows a triplet rhythm (or “cha cha cha”), when the dancers move in three quick steps. In musical terms, the cha-cha is in 4/4 time.
Important musical and dance characteristics
#1 en Cali
#2 Cubano
#3 Mexicano
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