Re: The Cha Cha Posted by nloftofan1 12/25/2012 7:32:00 AM
The count doesn't start with a 2. That's the point that a local instructor (NOT the instructor I mentioned in a separate post, who concentrated on the difference [and the relationship] between rhythm and timing) makes. This instructor's view is summed up in the statement that the dance is the Cha-Cha, not (as you often hear) the "Cha-Cha-Cha."
Again, it has to do with the music. A measure starts (obviously) with the "1" beat, and in the case of the basic movement the dancers take a side step on this beat. The measure ends with a chasse (4-&). The next step is a side step, taken on the 1 beat of the next measure. Her view is that thinking of the combination (chasse followed by side step) as "cha-cha-cha" is wrong, and leads to sloppy dancing.