Cha Cha Cha

ISTD International Latin - Cha Cha Cha Syllabus


  1. Basic Movements (Closed, Open, In Place)

  2. New York (to Left or Right Side Position)

  3. Spot Turns to Left or Right (including Switch and Underarm Turns)

  4. Shoulder to Shoulder (Left Side and Right Side)

  5. Hand to Hand (to Right and Left Side Position)

  6. Three Cha Cha Chas (Forward and Back)

  7. Side Steps (to Left or Right)

  8. There and Back

  9. Time Steps


  1. Fan

  2. Alemana

  3. Hockey Stick

  4. Natural Top

  5. Natural Opening Out Movement

  6. Closed Hip Twist


  1. Open Hip Twist

  2. Reverse Top

  3. Opening Out from Reverse Top

  4. Aida

  5. Spiral Turns (Spiral, Curl, Rope Spinning)

  6. Cross Basic

  7. Cuban Breaks (including Split Cuban Breaks)

  8. Chase


  1. Advanced Hip Twist

  2. Hip Twist Spiral

  3. Turkish Towel

  4. Sweetheart

  5. Follow My Leader

  6. Foot Changes

Music Timing and Tempo

    • 4/4 timing (4 beats in a bar of music), Accent on 1

    • Figures start on count "2". 2-3-4-&-1.

      • fro-cuban dances break on two so that the hip action is emphasized on "1".

    • Tempo: 30-32 bars per minute.

Cha Cha Technique

See Cha Cha Cha technique and general Latin Technique page.

Cha Cha Choreography

See Cha Cha Cha choreography page for more practice routines.