Ballroom Dancing – Cha Cha Recap

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional dance instructor Terry Dean demonstrates the full Cha Cha dance.

    Terry Dean

    Terry is the owner and principal male dance instructor of Terry Dean’s Dance Studio, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has been teaching ballroom dancing for 30 years and opened his own successful studio following a 19 year career with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Terry has received accolades for his choreography and has been honored as Virginia State’s Top Studio and Top Teacher twice. He and his staff teach students of all levels, whether they are interested in social dancing, exhibition dancing, or competitive ballroom dance sport. He has led many of his students to win top level gold medal competitions, and he is pleased to share his expertise with you today.

    Terry Dean: Hi! I am Terry Dean from Terry Dean's Dance Studio. Were working on the Cha-Cha.

    Now, were going to put together the different figures so that you can get an idea of what these three patterns put together will look like. Im going to give you a good idea of what a good cha-cha basics look like.

    So, were going to start together with the basic step; one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, fourNow, were going to do the open break, four and one, two, three, with the underarm turn; two, three, four and one, two, three, to a crossover break, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three, four and one, two, three with a walk around turn, two, three, back to the basic step. Always try to come back to the basics; four and one, two, three, hold that tough, nice, and still, work to bottom and the ribcage, four and one, two, three, open break, underarm turn, crossover break, walk around turn, back to the basic, four and; so, thats the basic cha-cha, the three basic steps.

    Hope you had a lot of fun we did. Remember, that its always going to be a little bit harder to do this at home by yourself so might want to look for professional to get some help. Once youve practiced your basic steps and gotten your -- keeping motion and everything go and I think youll have a lot of fun with the cha-cha because its one of the most fun dances because the music is really lively and happening. So, have fun with this. Here we go; cha-cha.