The Cha Cha Cha originated in Cuba in the 1940's. It was developed by musicians and dancers desiring a slowed down version of the Mambo, taking it back to its Danzon roots. Enrique Jorrin is credited with inventing the Cha cha cha in 1951.
There are different theories as to where the term ‘cha cha cha’ comes from. It could be named after the cha cha cha plants from the West Indies whose seed pods are used for making the small musical instruments which are also called ‘cha cha cha’. Or, it could also be from the shuffling sounds made by the feet of dancers to the music.
The Cha Cha Cha is a vibrant, flamboyant and playful dance. It is characterized as having an upbeat, infectious rhythm, which creates a sense of playfulness and flirtation. The light and bubbly feel of the Cha Cha Cha gives it a unique sense of fun for dancers throughout the world.