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a fast ballroom dance of Latin American origin, similar to the mambo, that follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement.
to dance the cha-cha.

also cha-cha-cha, type of Latin-American 3-beat ballroom dance, 1954, echoic of the music.


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