Beginner Basic Cha Cha Cha on a white background with the Learn To Dance logo in the bottom left corner

Do you want to know how to dance a few of the basic beginner Cha Cha Cha dance steps? This beginner class will show you how to dance the basic Cha Cha Cha on your own.

What Do We Cover in the Beginner Basic Cha Cha Lesson?

The Cha Cha Basic – Closed, Open & In Place

We start the class off with the Basic in Place, using weight changes to practice our Cha Cha Cha technique and timing.

Once we’ve mastered that we then look at applying the technique to the Closed Basic, which tends to be the standard basic move. It should also be normally rotated, although most teachers (including us) would tend to teach it straight to complete beginners.

Next up is our final basic option the Open Basic. This involves taking the chasse forward and back with a locking action.

New Yorks & Hand to Hands with Spot Turn ending

Once we’d covered all the basic beginner Cha Cha options we then introduced a New Yorks with Spot Turn ending. Sometimes these are also known as New Yorkers. Here the basic movement involves turning a quarter turn and stepping across yourself from one side to the other.

A similar move is the Hand to Hands, which involves a quarter turn in the opposite direction to the New Yorks, so that you end up stepping back rather than through the middle. We’ll also finish this with a Spot Turn for the moment too.

There and Back and Side Steps

The next move introduced is called the There and Back. This involves two weight changes on the spot (like the Basic in Place) before a three step run backwards, a back rock, and then three runs forward. When danced with a partner you would mirror their movement, running away from each other before coming back in again.

Finally we introduced a move that we don’t normally teach our regular students – Side Steps to Left and Right. It’s easy to confuse yourself with these so just take it slowly and get used to whether you’re starting each section with a weight change or a side step.

Beginner Basic Cha Cha Cha Lesson Video

Want to skip ahead to particular moves? You can find the timestamps below:

[00:01:07] Basic in Place
[00:06:17] Closed Basic
[00:10:26] Rotating the Basic
[00:13:35] Open Basic
[00:18:58] New Yorks, with Spot Turn ending
[00:22:23] Hand to Hands, with Spot Turn ending
[00:25:08] There and Back
[00:27:21] Side Steps to left and right
[00:30:22] Solo Dance Routine
[00:37:16] Solo Routine to Music

Fun Solo Dance Routine

Once we’d covered all the steps we began teaching you a simple solo Cha Cha Cha dance routine to practice all the steps learnt.

The routine features all of the basic beginner steps and we’ll talk you through it as we dance, after a brief recap of the routine.

Cha Cha Cha Dance Music Playlist

We have also uploaded a Cha Cha Cha Dance Music playlist that you can use for practice. With a selection of slow and quick songs, as well as a mixture of traditional and contemporary.

We hope you enjoy the Cha Cha Cha music playlist.

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