All of us who dance to country music learn cha cha as one of the basic dances. But that leads to a question that I haven't found an answer to -- how did cha cha become such an important genre of country music? For the most part country cha cha doesn't sound Latin at all, but we know it when we hear it. It seems that Cha Cha is a relatively recent dance that was invented in the 1940's. So whose idea was it to put Cha Cha rhythms in country music, and then how did dancers figure out to dance Cha Cha to it? Considering Cha Cha had it's origins in Cuban music the pairing to Country music seems to be very odd and under discussed. I have asked several very good country dance instructors but none of them has a clue.