Dancing With The Stars Tutorial

Dancing With The Stars is one of the shows I never miss. So to prepare you for the dances and the rules, here are the “have-to” criteria on each dance.

Fast Facts: Cha Cha

  • The Cha Cha is a cheeky, lively and flirtatious dance. It has a catch-me-if-you-can atmosphere, and is light and bubbly.

It has a distinctive syncopation where 5 steps are danced to four beats hence the ‘One, two, cha cha cha’ description.

The dance is originally from Cuba.

Distinctive moves: Cha Cha

  • Triple steps (Chassez) and rock steps are the basic components of the Cha Cha. Since the Cha Cha is derived from the Rumba and Mambo dances, Cuban Motion is an important aspect of this dance as well as maintaining quick compact steps. Cuban Motion describes the hip motion resulting from the alternate bending and straightening of the knees.

The dancers should synchronize movements, working in parallel with each other.

The New Yorker is a characteristic move, where a dancer steps across their partner and checks to change direction.

Fast Facts: Fox Trot

Read more to find out every rule for every dance!

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