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The cha-cha is a tourista dance that's used in North America but not in Latin America where the salsa and meringue are preferred. It's a rhythm dance, a.k.a. box step - it stays in one place rather than following Line of Dance around the floor.

Basically a chassé step back and forth with a rock step on either end (back when leading right, forward when leading left). But the many attractive variations make it a fun social dance.

So named from the sound of maracás in the music.