Men, in general, try to make all of the steps in a pattern feel the same. This can cause the pattern to feel panicky and out of control. The leg/foot speed (referred to only as foot speed from here on) can be different from step to step in a pattern because the foot travels further, the timing is different; there is a weight change without a foot movement, etc.
Let's look at an American Style Cha Cha "Left Side Basic" element. It contains steps of different sizes, speeds, timings, etc. An element is generally a measure of music. A "left basic element" is described as: side-left, break-back, in-place, forward slightly right, side-right together. The timing of the element is "1, 2, 3, 4, &". Three whole beats and two half-beats (4 beats total). It can also be counted "1, 2, 3, Cha, Cha".
A completed step in Latin or Rhythm dancing is: a complete weight change from one foot to the other with the new free foot remaining in place. The foot movement always precedes the body's weight change. Fundamentally there are two actions to the step, the foot movement then the body weight movement.
Let's analyze the element from the leader's point of view using Figure 1.Start) - Feet together weight on right foot.
It is clear to deduce from the above that none of the five steps feel or are the same. In fact, the CHA CHA steps (1/2 beat steps) are the slowest physically of the five. I know that this is startling news to most men. Men are always stressing over the CHA CHA ½ beat steps. It has been my experience that most men dance CHA CHA too fast. If you approach patterns from a physics and geometry aspect, your mind will be set free.
You need to analyze your dance patterns as you work on them and I think you will be surprised how this will change the feeling of your dancing.