Watch more Ballroom Dancing 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/442-Ballroom-Dancing-101 Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to cha cha -- a simple, sassy take on salsa -- with the dance moves in this dancing tutorial from Howcast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Assume the position Label yourselves Partner A and Partner B. A should face B with his left arm up at a 45-degree angle, and his right hand in the middle of B's back. B should face A with her right arm held up against A's left, and her left hand resting on A's right arm. Tip Traditionally, A's steps are performed by a man, and B's steps are performed by a woman. Step 2: Learn the count The cha-cha has its own rhythm. Before putting your moves into action, you must learn the beat. The count is 1, 2, 3, cha-cha, 1, 2, 3, cha-cha. This can also be counted as 1, 2, 3, 4-and, 1, 2, 3, 4-and. Step 3: Act like mirrors A and B's steps will always mirror each other, so if you get lost, watch what your partner is doing and pretend you're looking at your reflection. Step 4: Step on 1 On the "1" count, A's right foot and B's left foot step to the side. Step 5: Rock-step on 2 On the "2" count, A rock-steps forward with the left foot, and B rock-steps back with the right foot. Tip To do a rock-step, simply step and shift your weight onto that foot. Then, without moving your foot, shift your weight back to your original foot. Step 6: Shift on 3 On the "3" count, A shifts his weight to the right foot, and B shifts her weight to the left foot. Step 7: Change on 4 and 1 On the "4 and 1" count, A steps to the side and executes a quick left-right-left change of feet. B steps to the side and executes a quick right-left-right change of feet. Tip "Four and 1" can be counted as "cha-cha-1." Step 8: Rock-step on 2 On the next "2" count, A rock-steps backward with the right foot, and B rock-steps forward with the left foot. Step 9: Shift on 3 On the "3" count, A shifts his weight to the left foot, and B shifts her weight to the right foot. Step 10: Change on 4 and 1 On the "4 and 1" count, A steps to the side and executes a quick right-left-right change of feet. B steps to the side and executes a quick left-right-left change of feet. Step 11: Use those hips Once you've practiced this sequence to the music and you feel a little more comfortable, have fun with it. Add a little extra hip action, and throw in some sass. Did You Know? The cha-cha, which became wildly popular in the 1950s, is a slowed-down cousin of the mambo.
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