According to Charo, her Cuchi-Cuchi catchphrase originated when she was just three years old and owned a little dog named Cuchillo, who used to wiggle when he was happy, which she tried to imitate.
Charo explains, My nickname for Cuchillo was Cuchi- Cuchi, because I couldnt pronounce his whole name. When he wiggled, it looked like he was dancing, and I would copy him and say, Como, Cuchi, como Cuchi which means, Like Cuchi, like Cuchi. I think the poor dog mustve suffered from ticks or epilepsy, but everyone thought it was cute when I wiggled and said Cuchi-Cuchi, and gave me candy. I realized I could make a business out of dancing and saying Cuchi-Cuchi and it worked!
And while Charo may be known for her dance moves, peppy personality, and dogs nickname before her Flamenco expertise, she doesnt mind her rowdy reputation.
She says, Cuchi-Cuchi showed me the way to the bank and Ill never be ashamed of it!
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