Beginner Cha Cha – The Basic Step Ballroom Dance Lesson

Beginner Cha Cha – The Basic Step Ballroom Dance Lesson


Alright. We begin.
Basic Step. We’re going to stand this way
to show you how it looks like facing each other.
We’ll have different angles for you. So we begin by standing on the man’s left
foot, the lady’s right foot.
Get this other foot ready. We dance cha-cha-cha to the side like this.
Cha-cha-cha. The man goes forward, left foot,
the lady goes back, right foot. Step, replace the weight back onto the foot.
Step. Dance cha-cha-cha on the spot: cha-cha-cha.
Now the lady comes forward, the man goes back. Step, replace.
And dance cha-cha-cha on the spot: cha-cha-cha.
Now if I do it by myself, you will see a little bit more simpler version.
Essentially we have a forward basic and a back basic.
When you go forward, it’s left foot. When you go back, it’s right foot.
So we have step, replace, cha-cha-cha. Back, replace, cha-cha-cha.
Forward, replace, cha-cha-cha, Back, replace, cha-cha-cha.
Facing you, I have forward left foot, cha-cha-cha.
Backward right foot, cha-cha-cha. Forward, replace, cha-cha-cha.
Back, replace, cha-cha-cha. Steps are the same for man and lady.
Yeah? If we come together,
I’m going to do it with the man facing the camera,
lady’s back in the camera. We have a dance hold.
When we dance Cha Cha, we want to have a little bit of space.
Maybe we’ll show it this way… Have a little bit of space between us –
not too much, and not too close. You’re going to need that space
when we start dancing all the steps. Left hand to right hand,
man’s right hand behind the lady’s back, and the lady’s left hand just slightly off
the shoulder… like that.
Yeah? So now we dance the step.
On the spot, gentlemen start by standing on the left foot,
ladies start by standing on the right foot. There are several ways you can start to dance
music. This is only one.
Not the only one, but we’ll just use this one.
We count 1, 2, 3. We do nothing. Then we start after 1, 2, 3,
cha-cha-cha. The man starts forward basic, left foot,
the lady starts backward, right foot. Step, replace, cha-cha-cha,
step, step, cha-cha-cha, step, step, cha-cha-cha,
step, step, cha-cha-cha. A different angle:
1, 2, 3, 4, and 1, 2, 3, 4,
and 1, step, step, cha-cha-cha., step,
step, cha-cha-cha, step, step, cha-cha-cha.
We’ll do that with music. And what we did was I purposely turned it
so that you can see it from different angles. Yeah?
Eventually, I will teach you how to turn that at the end of the tape,
so don’t worry about that now. Don’t try to do that now if you’re
practicing along with me. Just stand the step facing one direction.
Now, as we continue the variations to the Beginner’s Cha Cha, keep this in mind:
keep that rhythm going consistently. Don’t change it,
don’t skip steps. It’s always step, step,
*clap clap clap*. Step, step, cha-cha-cha.
Keep that in mind. Alright?

12 thoughts on “Beginner Cha Cha – The Basic Step Ballroom Dance Lesson

  1. great lesson for a beginner unlike others that I've seen, thank you. My wife is going to love it when we practice…..

  2. Andy has a precise method of dance instruction. Excellent.
    Wendy has a beautiful style for social dance instruction without the added posturing.. Love it.
    Love watching you both.

  3. I realize Andy Wong has danced and competed for many years, but this is a bad video for these reasons.
    1. The captions, horrible, should not have used them, they block the view of the feet movement which is an important part of the basic move instruction. Really, Andy spoke clear English and the captions are in English, so what was the purpose?
    2. Give the official name the movement or step sequence. Such as he showed the "Basic In Place", he should have announced this movement as others who want to learn to compete need to pinpoint a video to help them learn outside of one to one instruction. .

  4. not the way we were taught in 1971 at fine dancing school still going in Manchester ' Donaheys school of Dancing Shirley & Paul Donahey the Mans steps 1-2 forward CH Left back cha right  going' you Cha Cha to the side not on the spot' I'm still dancing at 82 years old Ballroom country line square dancing etc' I find most of the teaching  on these videos poor quality sorry folks I call it as I see it

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