The Cha-cha-cha is the name of a dance of cuban origin. The dance does not start on the first beat of a bar, although it can start with a transfer of weight to the man’s right foot and lady’s left. This cha cha cha is syncopated on the fourth beat therefore, count is “two, three, cha-cha-cha” or “four-and-one, two, three”.
The music for the cha-cha-cha is energetic, with a steady beat and can be made to look very cheeky. Latin hip movement is achieved through the alternate bending and straightening action of the knees, and therefore, in general, steps are kept compact.
Cha-cha-cha is one of the five dances of the “Latin American” program of international ballroom competitions.