Definition of cha-cha in English:

cha-cha

(also cha-cha-cha)

noun

  • 1A ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements, performed to a Latin American rhythm.

    • ‘We practiced the cha-cha, quickstep, jive and samba, all of which are coming along quite well.’
    • ‘For the mambo, cha-cha, merengue, and the traditional rhythmic dance the son, each dancer moved vigorously yet effortlessly, even as the tempo changed.’
    • ‘In this narrative concept, couples and singles play out relationships through qualities inherent in the dances - the flirty rhythms of cha-cha or the tense architecture of the tango, for instance.’
    • ‘Brown, who has been a member of the Australian Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company, has taken extra dance classes in the cha-cha and mambo to make sure he does justice to Patrick Swayze's hip movements, made famous in the film.’
    • ‘The next hour is spent dancing the tango, the waltz the rumba, the cha-cha and jive.’
    • ‘But after just a few months doing the rumba and the cha-cha together, he went a step further and proposed to Austrian-born Babette.’
    • ‘However, ballroom dancing also includes the higher impact tango, fox-trot, cha-cha, and samba.’
    • ‘Dances like the rumba and cha-cha are very sexy, and offer a great opportunity for a couple to learn to move together well.’
    • ‘Mamba, cha-cha, salsa, rumba, timba and bolero are but a few of the exotic flavours the Afro-Cuban All Stars have sampled from the Latin dance menu.’
    • ‘Latin dance - mambo, cha-cha, rumba, samba, tango, and so on - are Afro-Euro forms defined by the coming together of black, brown, and white peoples in the Americas.’
    • ‘Panico, the dancer from Naples who has been wrapping herself around Maradona's new body through tangos, waltzes, two-steps and cha-cha-chas, arrived in Argentina to learn that she and Diego had had their last dance.’
    • ‘Looking on from my now four-year-old expertise, I watch with pride the basic steps of swing, cha-cha, rhumba, waltz, tango and other dances, and I feel like a new mother whose baby is learning to walk.’
    • ‘After all, he was also mastering the cha-cha, and he had been acting in local films since he was six years old, sometimes alongside his father.’
    • ‘Now he's dressed as a lion, dancing the cha-cha onstage.’
    • ‘Well, I'm gonna sing all the songs in Spanish, and then I'm gonna do the cha-cha-cha.’
    • ‘Salsa is still relatively new compared to other Latin American dances such as the cha-cha-cha or the samba, and as such is still in the process of evolving.’
    • ‘One gentleman even stayed after class to show me the classical version of a cha-cha-cha because, never having taken traditional ballroom dancing, I didn't know.’
    • ‘As a result, my tomboy daughter has become a fan of Latin and shimmies around in sparkly silver sandals doing the cha-cha-cha annoyingly better than me.’
    • ‘Dance instructors are available at parties to teach the waltz and the cha-cha.’
    • ‘During the past school year, the company performed the Argentine tango and the cha-cha to ‘Dance With Me’ by Debelah Morgan.’
    1. 1.1Music for or in the rhythm of a cha-cha.
      • ‘Damon's dark outline is by a large stereo, which he promptly flips on to an upbeat cha-cha tune and turns.’
      • ‘Suddenly, smoothly, the Wurlitzer floats up to the stage and the dance gets going with a bouncy cha-cha-cha.’
      • ‘The first hour or so is usually slower cha-cha music to give dancers a chance to warm up and allow beginners to practice at a comfortable speed.’
      • ‘But this weekend perhaps, the return of television favourite Come Dancing will help more people discover - or rediscover - a pastime that involves half a million devotees, stepping-out every week to tangos and cha-cha-chas.’
      • ‘They launched into a cha-cha-cha, which I had no idea of how to dance.’
      • ‘I did some Coca-Cola ads for South America and they wanted a tango, samba and cha-cha-cha music, and all of the basic ideas came from CDs I'd worked on for WMN.’
      • ‘He was very famous in the '50s and '60s - doing cha-cha-chas and boleros orchestrally.’
      • ‘It wasn't so hard for women to ask each other to dance back in the day when the city's bars played cha-cha-chas and Big Band.’
      • ‘You know, computers are getting so clever that they seem a bit like those pianos where you push a button and it plays the rumba, then a cha-cha and so on.’
      • ‘‘There was a gramophone playing the cha-cha-cha,’ he recalls, ‘and two of our teachers were there.’’
      • ‘They both led bands in the 1980s Paris punk scene, and both now make genre-defying albums that combine radical street politics with an infectious cocktail of salsa, hip-hop, reggae, cha-cha-cha, ska and much else besides.’
      • ‘It is probably more than a coincidence that I first met Thornton before our scheduled interview in an antique store where she was engrossed in an almost visible reverie among the stereoscopic slides, Chinese checkers and cha-cha albums.’
      • ‘Sergeant Garcia harmoniously combines salsa, son, cha-cha, ska, rumba and reggae when he brings his spicy and invigorating mix of the best Cuban and Jamaican beats to the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, on Saturday from 8.30 pm.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Dance the cha-cha.

    • ‘I am proud to relate that in the 15 minutes of tuition, before they started pulling out stop-order forms, I learnt to cha-cha.’
    • ‘The owner-couple say their patrons or rather ‘all those who enjoy dancing’ are welcome to jive, waltz, cha-cha, or simply groove to evergreen numbers.’
    • ‘Sandwiched in between are a group of beautiful young things who mambo, salsa and cha-cha their way through countless costume changes in a bid to inject some fiesta spirit into the proceedings.’
    • ‘Learn how to rumba, foxtrot, cha-cha and waltz and be the envy of all your friends at the next wedding you go to.’
    • ‘‘You mean,’ I said, trying not to laugh, ‘that you don't cha-cha, boogie, or swing?’’

Origin

1950s: Latin American Spanish.

Pronunciation:

cha-cha

/ˈCHäˌCHä/