Ballroom dance steps

Cha Cha basic steps for beginners – Learn the Cha Cha basic step (1 of 3)

by Leon Turetsky · 29 comments

Cha Cha Basic steps for beginnersThis is the first Cha Cha basic step video! Learn the Basic In Place or as I like to call it “the baby step of Cha Cha”. This is the first of three fundamental basic Cha Cha steps. Please tune in for the next two videos where I will cover the “Progressive basic step” and the “side basic step”. All three of these Cha Cha basic steps will give you a great foundation for the more intermediate and advanced moves.
Dance: Cha Cha
Level: Beginner
Move: Basic In place

Cha Cha Basic In place Video (1 of 3):

Related Cha Cha Lessons:
Basic step #2: Progressive Basic Step
Basic step #3: Side Basic Step
Underarm turn in Cha Cha
More Cha Cha lessons

How did you like this lesson? Please leave your comments below…

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Sid Mahajan June 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I love your videos. Easy to pick and something I can apply the very next day.

Leon June 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Hey Sid,
Thanks! I am glad you are finding the videos easy to pick up. I am working on many more videos and my biggest goal is to make sure each video is very easy to follow. That’s why it takes us sometimes 1-2 hours to make a 5 min video!

melissa agulto February 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

You have great cha cha dance lessons. Easy to absorb..How about posting rumba dance lessons?

Leon February 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

Thanks Melissa. I will post Rumba lessons too in the future so stay tuned.

Pamela May 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I tried chacha for the first time last night. Thanks to your video, now I know what I was doing! Another good one, Leon. :)

Leon May 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Awesome Pamela!

Where did you try it?

Pamela May 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

The dance studio I attend had a dance party on Saturday night. We had a bachata lesson, followed by open dancing of many styles. It was a good chance to try out some new steps. :)

Mike Nemeth August 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

Your Videos ARE well done if I have’t said that before.
I learned chacha as foward left replace right close chacha back right replace leftt close chacha.
Also Ive seen a latin style! So good to learn a different style!

Leon August 15, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thanks Mike. We are working on a lot more videos, so stay tuned.

Claudio C August 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Yes the videos are well done and relatively easy to follow . I am always forward for new videos so I can use them when I go dancing.

dom October 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I think music is most important besides the steps. It will be helpful for more explanation vs. music beat.

Wasana Don October 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

very good this will realy help to learn dancing

Tanya Lee October 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I like cha cha

Romy Martinez November 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I am a new member. I am excited for I want to really learn how to dance. I am a beginner.

Michael Girouard November 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm

This is different than what is called the “social cha cha”. I am not sure I understand why the difference.

Leon November 27, 2011 at 12:35 am

This is the “American Style” Cha Cha – Which is very social. This is the most basic step. There are other basic steps in cha cha including the side basic and the progressive basic. Make sure to watch all of them.

Zoran Bajric February 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Hi Leon,
It should be pointed out that in American cha cha one always starts on 2 (rock-step) as the beat is very accented on 2,3
otherwise one will be dancing OFF beat thruout the whole dance. One can start on 1 only in International cha cha because in International cha cha music has a monotonous, equal lengths beat so it doesn’t matter one one starts !

Leon February 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hi Zoran,

Actually it doesn’t matter on which beat you start. And I always start on count “1″. It doesn’t matter if it’s International or American style. The key is to know which step is on the right count.

Caspian Schieber April 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

This is great. I am trying to learn to dance, so that I can teach a couple of my classmates. We have these parties at the school that we call Fun Nights, and no one there knows how to dance.

Julian November 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Hey Leon,

Your videos are good! Now I have to try to talk my girlfriend into it! Her bithday is coming up so an annual membership would make a nice gift!

Leon November 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Hey Julian,

Sounds awesome, yes the annual membership is a great value and a great gift idea!

colleen June 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Very teaching video, clear and explaining.

alexander villagran June 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I really like the way you teach, very clear and showing the smooth dance steps that you do with your partner. Very refreshing Thank you.

Jenny September 2, 2013 at 5:08 am

Are these videos only accessable on certain bandwaves as I cant view them.

Leon Turetsky September 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hi Jenny, The videos should be able to load on most bandwidths…If it doesn’t load instantly, just wait for it load first and then play.

Mark October 15, 2013 at 2:12 am

This was the video that convinced me that Leon can get the moves across.

Ray Dwarte January 2, 2014 at 6:55 am

Congratulations on the new HD re-do of the
lesson, Leon.
The advice for the three cha-cha movements shows up well – it has helped me get into a better shape for doing these standstill moves!

Leroy Gesbeck March 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Your video are great thorough and detailed. My wife and I enjoyed very much. We practice in the evening after works.

Pierre April 1, 2015 at 12:06 am

What i can’t do is the hips thing while doing the cha-cha

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