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  Salsa & Merengue Society – A History of Merengue: Merengue Moves Abroad
Merengue eventually became part of Puerto Rican culture (as salsa did) establishing the island as a centre for the genre, creating a market that immigrating Dominicans could supply.
Perhaps this has helped the merengue to avoid the crisis of legitimacy that salsa endures today: merengue cibaeño is Dominican, a fact affirmed by them at every opportunity, to the acknowledgement even of Puerto Ricans who play it so well and have absorbed it into their own culture.
Merengue's rhythmic structure, which is similar to pop, also ensured its musical relevance - it made “covering” non-Latin hits and adopting the latest musical trends both easier and quicker.
www.salsa-merengue.co.uk /revealit/histmer/part6.html   (710 words)

 Merengue History of Dance
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbor sharing the island.
It is possible the dance took its name from the confection made of sugar and egg whites because of the light and frothy character of the dance or because of its short, precise rhythms.
Merengue is a combination of two dances, the African and the French Minuet, from the late 1700's - early 1800's.
www.centralhome.com /ballroomcountry/merengue.htm   (0 words)

 History of Merengue Music
Merengue is a dominican folkloric dance widely spread and considered by many as the dominican national dance.
Choreography Merengue choreography is as follows: Men and woman hold each other in a vals-like position and step to their side in what is know as "paso de la empalizada" or "stick-fence step".
Merengue, on the contrary, because of its joyful spirit was more easily introduced in the popular parties and that's why even though the initial rejection was strong, it was defeated by its rythm's flavor.
www.manigua.org /resources/articles/merengue_history.html   (1145 words)

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