Learn Cuban Cha-cha-cha at AfroLatino Dance Co, start Jan 18

This 4-week course (click here, then on “Cha Cha Cha”) will focus on the traditional Cuban dance called Cha Cha Cha. One of the most well known Latin dances in the world, Cha Cha Cha was created to follow the music introduced by Cuban composer Enrique Jorrin, in 1953. The rhythm was developed from the danzón by a synchopation of the fourth beat. The name is onomatopoeic, derived from the rhythm of the güiro (scraper) and the shuffling of the dancers’ feet.

Taught by Yareneys Montes de Oca, it will focus on the timming and most used figures in Cha Cha Cha. Minimum Intermediate I level in Salsa is recommended in order to have an easier grasp of the timing (“contratiempo” or “On 2”). .

This course is by registration only and requires a minimum number of registrations.

Admin note: Outside Cuba, hardly ever do you find the Cuban traditional timing taught.  If you know cha-cha-cha, here’s a quick check…  to see if you have the contratiempo timing.

Try dancing to this song… Tremendo Vacilón.  If the timing of your cha-cha-cha step coincides with the words “cha-cha-cha” in the chorus, you’ve got it.  If not… this course will fix you up just fine…. 😉

4 thoughts on “Learn Cuban Cha-cha-cha at AfroLatino Dance Co, start Jan 18”

  1. Interesting. I’ve never seen cha-cha-cha taught any other way than this, and those courses did not mention it being a Cuban style. How else can you time the shuffles if not for beats 4, 4&, 1?

    1. Hi Denis, The standard in North America has been the “Tea for Two” rhythm…
      … that’s like 1,2,3-and-4.

      Even when I was in Cuba, it was an even 50-50 between the two rhytms at a club for all ages. I think it’s the American influence coming back into Cuba…

      But here in TO I see very few couples doing the Vacilon rhythm, almost all do it like Tea for Two 😉 … even at a place like Lula Lounge !

    2. My opinion is, you are very lucky to find a school that connects with the music well.

      Most of the other schools here are businesses that sell the product of “meeting other people”. And try to eliminate any demanding musicality that might make people think they can’t dance 😉

  2. @admin Whoa, moving on 3-and-4 feels so strange! I must say, 4-and-1 feels like it fits the music more. (I bet there are long debates about this just like ones about on-1 / on-2 / etc!)

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