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Latin American remains a popular couples dance form thanks to movies such as Dirty Dancing, and shows such Strictly Come Dancing. Latin American is commonly known for crossing the generation gap with students of all ages participating well into senior and master categories, enjoyed socially and competitively!
Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha is an offshoot of the Mambo that became popular about 1954. The music for the international cha-cha is energetic and with a steady beat. In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. The basic pattern involves the lead taking a checked forward step with the left foot while retraining some weight on the right foot.
Hip action is particularly critical in the cha-cha. In the international Latin style, the weighted leg is almost always straight. The free leg will bend, allowing the hips to naturally settle into the direction of the weighted leg. As a step is taken, a free leg will straighten the instant before it receives weight. It should then remain straight until it is completely free of weight again.
30 bars per minute, 4/4 time.
Medal Test Syllabus Development Chart
Examinations to be taken in the following, strict sequential order:
|Levels||Recommended Age Groups|
|One Dance Tests||Optional – all ages|
|Level 1,2,3,4||Optional – all ages|
|Tiny Tots 1st Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Tiny Tots 2nd Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Tiny Tots 3rd Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Tiny Tots 4th Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Pre-Badge||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Badge 1||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Badge 2||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Badge 3||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Bronze Bar Diploma|
|Bronze Medal Diploma|
|Silver Bar Diploma|
|Silver Medal Diploma|
|Gold Bar Diploma|
|Golden Scroll||Adults 15 years and over only|
|Blue Ribband Diploma||Adults 16 years and over only|
|Emerald Star Diploma||Adults 17 years and over only|
|Annual Award||Adults 17 years and over only|
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Dancer wishing to compete can enter into any of the following categories:
- Age Groups
Juvenile U12 | Junior U16 | Youth U21 | Adult 21&O | Senior 35&O | Masters 45&O | Professional 21&O
- Beginner (level 1) 2 Dance CJ
- Bronze (Level 2) 3 Dance CRJ
- Silver (Level 3) 4 Dance CSRJ
- Gold (Level 4) 5 Dance CSRPJ
- Novice 4 Dance CSRJ
- Pre-Championship 5 Dance CSRPJ
- Championship 5 Dance CSRPJ
- Professional 5 Dance CSRPJ
Registration forms for competitions can be found by clicking on the following link: