Charo hopes her 'Cuchi' dance will be next craze
June 5, 1997
Web posted at: 6:24 p.m. EDT (2224 GMT)
From Correspondent Bill Tush
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Charo is one of only a handful of
celebrities who can get away with going through life with
just one name. She started out as a staple of the talk-show
circuit with her trademark "Coochie-coochie." Then she
became a regular guest on the TV show "The Love Boat." Now,
she's looking to create the next big dance craze.
In case you hadn't noticed, the pop and fire of the
long-running hit "Macarena" has fizzled and burned out; it's
now relegated to dance music for only the squarest of
parties. So it has become this Latin spitfire's personal
mission to make you update your dance repertory and get
moving to "The Cuchi Cuchi Dance."
"It's taking off already out in the school, the children love
it, teen-agers and children, oh yeah they love it," Charo
said. She attributes its success so far to its outrageous
Since Charo holds the record for the most guest appearances
on "The Love Boat," we thought it only appropriate to meet up
with her at a New York cruise line, where passersby got free
One of her students wanted to know where all this Cuchi stuff
started, anyway. The answer, according to Charo: As a child
she copied an ugly pooch that used to belong to her
"His name was 'Cuchillo,' which is knife (in Spanish), and
that ugly dog, when he bite you he cuts you, that's why his
nickname was Cuchillo, they call him Cuchi for short," she
said. Cuchi apparently liked to wiggle, and she copied him.
"It was the only pet for me to play with because my cousin
was older," she said. "So the dog wiggle and I wiggle." And
the name stuck.
When Charo isn't out recruiting Cuchi dancers in New York,
she can be found in Honolulu, Hawaii, in her long-running
stage show. "I have a beautiful show, five days a week from
Tuesday to Saturday, which we entertain the whole world,
Japanese, Chinese, Canadians, Australians," she said.
And if Charo can get all of those people from all over the
world to do her little dance, even if she has to do it one
person at a time, that would be a real Cuchi-Cuchi coup.
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