Top 3 Cha-Cha Dance Tips

Learn the top three cha-cha dance tips in this Howcast dance video.

Aaron: Hi guys. It’s Aaron.

Christina: And I’m Christina.

Aaron: From Dance Times Square here in New York City, and today we’re going to be talking about our top three tips in the Cha-Cha. Number one is going to be our gaze and our connection with our partner. This is a very intimate and very important connection we have with our partners. Eye to eye, we don’t want to drop this gaze. We don’t want to give the impression we’re looking in the wrong place, either.

So we don’t want to drop our gaze to the floor, guys here, and just be looking at our feet. Then we have no awareness of our partner and what they might be thinking, feeling, what their next move could possibly be. You never know. A lot of these ladies will sometimes sort of try to guess what I’m going to do next. It gets me in a lot of trouble.

Christina: Another reason you don’t want to look down is a lot of the times you’ll think, "If I look down and I watch my feet, I’ll know what I’m doing and I’ll be able to dance better." But what generally happens is you see your partner’s feet and you see your feet, and then it just gets very confusing. It doesn’t really help at all. In fact, it makes things worse.

Aaron: You’re going to miss a lot of these visual leads and cues that are going to come from up here above the waist level. Tip number two, posture. We want to have a very strong posture, a very good poise in these dances, as well. It’s going to help with the masculine and feminine characters. Very strong, very on top of our game, ready to go, so here just to demonstrate a little bit of that and what that’s like.

We don’t want to be settled with our weight back pulling away from our partners, pulling each other off of our own balance and feet. We want to center our weight slightly forward, over the balls of the feet. Here, where we are able to give each other our weight, and she can feel my body movement and I don’t have to pull her around on the dance floor.

As well to say, is that I don’t give her a wimpy weak frame, and I’m dancing down here and I look defeated. No, no, no, we want to be very strong. Two very strong characters in this dance, for the man and the woman. So very important, tip number two is posture. Our final tip is that we don’t want to take a step too big for our own body.

We don’t want to step outside of our own frame, in other words, so we want to keep the steps nice and comfortable, so that we’re in control at all times. Some of this dance music is very fast, particularly here in the Cha-Cha, where we have this syncopated rhythm, this cha-cha-cha happening. We want to shorten our steps and keep them underneath our shoulders, only moving as far as we can take our bodies.

Cha-cha-cha, rock, step, cha-cha one, two three, four and one, right underneath the shoulders. Two, three, four and one. Now if we do that end correctly for you, you just get an idea of how ridiculous this actually looks. So we’re going to start, one, two, three, cha-cha one, two three, cha-cha one. Throwing ourselves out of all sorts of balance and control here.

So tip number three is we definitely want to shorten those steps up, make them a little more compact. Just keep them right underneath our frame. Right underneath the shoulders, so that we’re always in control, everything looks cool and collected. And those are our top three tips for the Cha-Cha.