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CLIP 10712

Learning to Cha Cha - rhythm and movement

Learning to Cha Cha - rhythm and movement
Key Info
  • Learning to Cha Cha - rhythm and movement
  • Duration: 01:37
  • Professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova teach us how to find the Cha Cha beat and move our feet to it. Clapping out the beat at the beginning, the dancers make it easier to find the rhythm of the Cha Cha. Once the beat has been identified, the dancers explain how to match the beat of the Cha Cha to simple hip, leg and foot movements. The dancers then go on to add the hip, leg and foot movements to Cha Cha music. This clip was first created on the Strictly Come Dancing website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Physical Education


    Dance Activities: Styles of Dance

  • Keywords: hips, feet, legs, beat, tempo, rhythm, speed, South America, music, time step, clap, demonstrate, Strictly
Ideas for use in class
  • After the initial warm up, ask children to clap out the beat of the Cha Cha. Once the beat has been established, ask for volunteers to copy the dance movements. This should be a fun activity and children should be encouraged to get absorbed in the movements, exaggerating them if they wish. Split the class into two equal groups and stand them at least ten paces apart but facing each other. Start the Cha Cha music, and ask the children to follow the steps - you may have to demonstrate them - while facing their 'opponent' on the other team. The children complete the Cha Cha steps while moving across the floor towards the other team. Remember that this isn't a race and if done correctly, the two teams should end up together at the same time. Look for individuals who stand out and compliment them as they move, drawing attention to dancers who are improving and growing in confidence. The end of the session could involve the class moving around the hall in a Cha Cha snake.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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