It has been said that the Mambo is the groom and the Cha Cha Cha is the bride. Because it is essentially just a slower, more rhythmically pronounced form of this music, it serves as a magnifying glass giving us a deeper understanding of the subtleties of the faster Son-based rhythms.
The basic step is executed almost exactly the same as the Mambo basic with the addition of the signature "shuffle step," bridging the front and back halves of the pattern. The sound of the feet during this shuffle gave rise to the term "Cha Cha Cha".
Cha Cha Cha is the secret. It is the other side of the coin that gives us the complete view of the unique flavor of this music and it's physical manifestation. To understand Mambo and Salsa is to study Cha Cha Cha. The person who is well versed in Cha Cha Cha exhibits a soulfulness and musical connection that is the doorway to becoming a physical representation of this music.
This practice is run in the open work format and includes Boogaloo. Boogaloo is simply the fusion of African American Soul and Funk music in the Cha Cha Cha structure, giving it a unique sound and feeling, and often using English lyrics.
Open Level: this designation is given to specialty training that is suitable for all levels of understanding. The focus will be on the maturing of specific facets of the art through the use of exercises and training methods.