Cha Cha can be danced in a social style similar to Salsa and Mambo or in a Ballroom style. The social style is more closely linked to this dances' Cuban roots, but the Ballroom style has also retained the Cuban rhythm and timing.

Rhythm
Slow, Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick

Musical Counts
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Leader
L   R   L   R L      R   L   R   L R

Follower
R   L   R   L R      L   R   L   R L