The cha-cha is a tourista
dance that's used in North America
but not in Latin America
where the salsa
are preferred. It's a rhythm
dance, a.k.a. box step
- it stays in one place rather than following Line of Dance
around the floor.
Basically a chassé
step back and forth with a rock step
on either end (back when leading right, forward when leading left). But the many attractive variations
make it a fun social dance.
So named from the sound of maracá
s in the music.