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Cha Cha Dance Classes Christchurch

Learn Cha Cha, aka Tripple Mambo, Cha Cha is a street Latin dance very similar to Salsa, infact if you have done Salsa this is quite easy to learn. it’s very popular world wide, so take your Salsa dancing to the next level by learning Cha Cha.

Cha Cha Times:

★  Only Online Classes Currently Available - See below
N.B. Current class times above

What is Cha Cha?

Cha Cha is Salsa danced on the 2nd count Similar to Mambo or  ‘Salsa On2’, except with a syncopated step "cha cha cha" in the middle of the basic, this style we are teaching originated from New York. Cha Cha should never be danced on1, because it matches the congas. Cha-Cha is a Latin dance style that goes evern further back which started in Cuba. The dance gained popularity around the 1950's and went back as far as the 1920's, this was created from two other dances; Mambo and Danzon.

Cha Cha is a reinvention of the Mambo, often referred to as “Tripple Mambo” and there are many musical arrangements that beg for both styles to be danced in the same piece of music. Sometimes, it is a Cha Cha piece that has a Mambo interlude and sometimes it is a Mambo piece with a Cha Cha interlude. So it is really worth while knowing how to do both! Mambo is also often referred to as Salsa On2. Just like Mambo, Cha Cha you break step on the second count. So if you can dance Salsa On1, learning Cha Cha will help you with understanding the music better and it will be a breeze to learn as the basics are very similar.

The fundamentals in Salsa are the same except with a slightly different timing & steps.

Learn how to dance on the (2) known as (On2) and learn how the beats work, which gives insight to Cha Cha & Salsa & how to tell the difference in the music. It's also closely related to Mambo (Salsa On2)

Learn how to convert Salsa Fundamentals into Cha Cha, this is why you need to know some Salsa to join this class. Learn Cha Cha Basic

Note: Cha Cha should only be dance On2, dancing On1 Cha Cha is not dancing Cha Cha correctly, as per the music states.



For all Cha Cha Classes we recommend starting with Salsa first. Not recommended for absolute beginners. This is ideal and recommend for Salsa Dancers who are above week#5 Salsa and ideal for Improvers & Intermediate and above as well. If you have tried Cha Cha or Mambo "Salsa On2" before you can also join.


Class Shines Classes

These class will start off with Basics from the ground up and fundamental shines for 30mins then a Cha Cha Shine Challenge for the second
half of the class. 
• Level: Improver & Intermediate (Salsa, Mambo & Cha)

• Duration: 1 hour, once a week
• Drop-in class

• No Partner needed 
• This is pure shines in this class no partner-work


- Learn about the congas and understand patterns in the music for Cha, Mambo & Salsa

- Basic step postures & body dissociations for both men & women

- Body movement men & women need to focus on while dancing

- Musicality

- Boogaloo Shines

- Individual Exercises

- Mambo Shines

- Turns & spins

- Syncopated Steps

- Balance & Multiple Turns

- Complex Shine Combination


Cha Cha Partner-work Classes

• Level: Improver & Intermediate (Salsa, Mambo & Cha)
• Duration: 1 hour, once a week
• Drop-in class

• No Partner needed 
• This is mostly Partner-work with some shines to start.

- Cha Cha Shines / footwork warmup
- Timing & Stepping

- How to convert On1 to On2
- How to use Salsa turns in Cha Cha 

- Timing with partners

- Connection with partners

- Cha Cha Turn Patterns

- Boogaloo Flavours

Cha Cha Dance Teachers

Find out more about our teachers, see their profiles


Frequently Asked Questions

- Can I bring a friend?

- Do I need to bring a partner?

- If I'm bringing a partner do I have to swap?

- I have done some classes, do I still join beginners?

- What Level am I? ..where should I start?

- Classes to Easy or to Hard?

- What should I wear?

- Do I need special footwear?.

- Do I need to bring anything?

- How long will it take me to learn to dance well?

- Do I need to Practice?

- Should I use Youtube to help learning?

- Do I need private lessons?

- Latin Dancing & International Latin, what's the difference?.

- Should I Learn Salsa first?

- Am I too young, old, small or big?

- What are the Benefits of Salsa & Latin Dancing?

....see all your questions answer here >

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Cha Cha Online Classes

★ Cha Cha  Intermediate Video Courses
We recommend learning Salsa Beginners first before doing this online course because the basics are basically the same.

★ Instructors: Reuben, Milena & Robyn

★ Learn 24/7 in your own time & enhance your training

★ Content lines up with our regular classes at Salsa Latina
★ No Partner required, these are mainly solo training videos
★ Partnerwork Videos in some sections

★ Technique , Shines/ Footwork & Arms & Body Movement

★ Practice Footwork & Shines to Music
★ Extra Resourses