The cha-cha is a lively Latin dance that originated in the 1950s. A series of slow and quick steps with hip movements, the cha-cha is a great Latin dance for couples to learn. Once you have the basics, there are many variations to keep this Latin dance a favourite. Whether you dance the cha-cha to the traditional Cuban music or today’s Latin pop, you will enjoy making this one of your first ballroom dances. Advanced ballroom dancers can perfect their knee and hip movement, while working with more intricate rhythms and patterns.
Rhumba is one of the ballroom dances which occurs in social dance and in international competitions. Of the five competitive international Latin dances (pasodoble, samba, cha-cha-cha, jive, and rumba), it is the slowest. This ballroom rumba was derived from a Cuban rhythm and dance called the bolero-son; the international style was derived from studies of dance in Cuba in the pre-revolutionary period.