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v What's the name, cha-cha or cha-cha-chá?

In My husband, Arthur Murray, Kathyn Murray relates the following.

Another dance that gave him pause was the cha-cha-cha. At first we taught it by counting out "one-two-cha-cha-cha." [No accent on the last 'a'. VE] This worked in practice but was impossible to diagram; it looked like five beats to a measure. Arthur retired into his office with the problem and after two hours emerged with a solution. He changed the name of the dance to cha-cha and the count to one-two-three-cha-cha. The two "cha-chas" are said very quickly, making one beat, or a total of four beats to the measure.

> Cha-cha rhythm

> That infernal break step...

> Eight count or four count pattern?

> Pachanga cha

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