History of the American Cha Cha:
The Cha Cha, a dance that originated in Cuba, was first introduced by Cuban composer Enrique Jorrin in 1953. Also known as the cha-cha-cha, this dance is performed along with music that shares the same name. The original rhythm of the music evolved from the danzon which was once the official dance of Cuba. The name of the cha-cha-cha came from the actual sound of the rhythm and dance which involves a style of scraping instrument and the sound of the footwork of the dancers feet.
While Enrique Jorrin originated the sound, the Cha Cha was transformed into the modern style of the dance by Pierre Zurcher Margolie, who was a dance teacher from London, and his partner Doris Lavelle. Pierre Zurcher Margolie visited Cuba during the 1950s and observed how the people were dancing to the Cha Cha music. He took this form of dance back to England and partnered with Lavelle to create the ballroom cha-cha-cha.
Although the original movements of the dance correlated with the sounds of the Cha Cha music, the cha-cha-cha can be danced along with most styles of Latin music from pop to rock. The Cha Cha is presently separated into the two styles: ballroom and Cuban. Margolies and Lavelles ballroom version is often fast paced and involves more energy. The beats are incredibly steady as well. The Cuban form of the Cha Cha is often more sensual in nature. The rhythm can also be more complex than just a steady beat.
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