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Start with a triple step. Your feet should be together. Pop your right foot up slightly, but keep the ball of your foot on the floor. Lower your right heel to the floor as your raise your left foot up. Then lower your left heel to the floor and raise your right heel. Repeat once more on the right side.
The rhythm of this step is the "cha cha cha" that gives the dance its name. It should take two beats of whatever song you're dancing to.
You should end with your right heel on the floor and your left heel lifted off the floor slightly, resting on the ball of your foot.
This triple step is one of the most basic cha cha steps, so it’s important that you practice it.
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Take a rock step forward with your left foot. Don’t take a huge step – your left foot should only extend about a foot in front of you. As you step forward, your right heel should come up off the floor as you rock onto the ball of your right foot.
This step should happen on the third beat of the song.
The rocking step should be pretty smooth. Both of your feet should always be partially touching the floor as you transfer your weight from one foot to the other.
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Perform a rock step from your right to left foot. Rock your right foot back so that your heel is on the floor again. As you do this, bring your left foot back to meet your right foot in the starting position.
This step should happen on the fourth beat of whatever song you're dancing to.
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Repeat the triple step. Once you replace your left foot, repeat the triple step, beginning with your left foot this time.
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Rock step backward with your right foot. Extend your right leg back so that the ball of your foot touches the floor. As your rock backward and your right heel takes your weight, lift your left foot up so that the ball of your foot comes off the floor and your heel stays in place. Then rock back onto your left foot and bring your right leg back to starting position.
Part Three of Four:
Trying a Side Basic StepEdit
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Start with a prep step. The side basic step starts with the same basic prep step as the basic Cha Cha step. Stand with your feet together, then slide your left foot out to the side, transferring your weight there. Slide your right foot toward your left and then back, rocking back so it takes your weight, lifting your left foot in the process. Then rock back forward, letting your left foot take your weight again.
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Step to the right. Instead of bringing your right foot back to meet your left foot and returning to starting position, bring your right foot up to your left foot and then out to the side. Your right foot should be just wider than shoulder width.
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Slide your left foot to meet your right. Transfer the weight of your body to your right foot, and lightly slide your left foot to meet your right. You should pop up your right foot as your left meets it.
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Step to the right again. Once your feet have returned to starting position, transfer the weight of your body to your left foot and step out to the right again, taking the weight of your body.
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Take a rock step forward. With your right foot still out slightly, step diagonally with your left foot, so your feet are closer than shoulder width apart but your left foot is in front of your right. Place your left foot on the ground, rocking forward so your right heel