In Grease the musical, during a dance competition at Rydell High School, Danny dances with Cha Cha DiGregorio — “the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s.” In the 1978 film Grease, Danny was portrayed by John Travolta; Cha Cha was portrayed by Annette Charles. After acting, Charles became a speech professor at California State University Northridge. (In 2011, she lost her battle with cancer. She was 63.)
In the 2016 three-hour TV broadcast Grease: Live, Cha Cha is portrayed by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. She’s best known as Kiki from Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band. Gonzalez-Nacer is also a recording and performing artist who under the name Ava Gold, has performed with Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan, and Justin Bieber, among others. In 2013, Gold was singed to BMG Publishing and is working with songwriter/producer Billy Mann on her self-titled EP. The music video to her single “Havana” is below. Grease: Live will premiere on January 31 at 7pm on FOX.