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  Merengue History of Dance
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbour 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   (625 words)

 Merengue History
Of the dance; one story alleges it originated with slaves who were chained together and, of necessity, were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of the drums.
He was from peasant roots and he promoted the Merengue as a symbol of national expression and the culture of the former underclass.
Larger Merengue orchestras were developed, with piano and brass to cater to the taste of the new urban audiences.
www.geocities.com /sd_au/merengue/sdhmerengue.htm   (1333 words)

 Music Genre: Merengue - Music of Puerto Rico   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The merengue is a music form for dance most typically associated with the Dominican Republic, which is on the eastern end of the island of Hispañola, just to the west of Puerto Rico.
Merengue choreography is as follows: men and woman hold each other in a vals-like position and step to their side in what is known as a "paso de la empalizada" or "stick-fence step".
Merengue cibaeno has either two beats or four beats to the bar (2/4 or 4/4 time respectively), although the latter appears to be more common nowadays.
www.musicofpuertorico.com /index.php/genre/merengue   (514 words)

 Salsa & Merengue Society – Merengue: The Dance
he merengue is an extremely accessible dance, mainly because the level of co-ordination between legs and arms is less crucial to beginner dancers than, for example, in salsa.
Legend has it that the Dominicans tend to dance further apart because they like to show off their fancy footwork, whilst those from other Latin countries tend to dance closer together.
The tambora roll and the corresponding saxophone/accordion “roll” (from Merengue: the music) form an important part of the rhythm structure, serving to lift the dancers' feet before grounding them on beats one and three (called the downbeats).
www.salsa-merengue.co.uk /revealit/dancemer.html   (644 words)

This dance had a movement called merengue which apparently is the way selected to call the dance as it arrived at dominican soil where it remained unknown for a few years.
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.nelsal.com /merengue.htm   (1920 words)

 Merengue information, tips, free dance videos and music examples
Dancing the merengue is like marching where you step left right left right left right in time to the music.
Learning the Merengue is a good way to start familiarizing yourself with Cuban Motion, which is the way that your body moves in all the Latin dances.
Regardless of its origins, merengue is one of the most popular and widely danced dances throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean islands.
www.thedancestoreonline.com /ballroom-dance-instruction/merengue-free-lessons.htm   (654 words)

 History of Merengue
Although merengue was performed throughout the Dominican Republic during the nineteenth century, we have most of our information from the country's most populous region, the Cibao, Mid-century merengue cibaeño, or Cibao merengue, was performed on plucked string instruments such as the cuatro, the tambora drum, and scraped calabash, the güiro.
Merengue cibaeño had never been performed in elite ballrooms outside of the Cibao, and upper-class capitaleños (residents of the capital) were shocked to hear it at their functions.
Merengue tópico cibaeñ's status as a national symbol gave it primacy over other regional musics, several Cibao accordionists moved to the capital and became well-known figures whose music was disseminated nationally and internationally through the mass media.
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The dance incorporates knee bends and hip circles known as Cuban motion and tends to have expressive arm styling to enhance the Latin aura of the dance.
The first story alleges the dance originated with slaves who were chained together and, of necessity, were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums.
Merengue is a fun dance with simple steps so it is easy to learn quickly and the "1-2" march-like rhythm makes it a favorite throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and South America.
www.amoredance.com /DanceHist.htm   (1739 words)

 Merengue Dance
Although the tempo of the merengue music may be frantic, the upper body is kept majestic and turns are slow, typically four beats/steps per complete turn.
In the social dancing of the USA the "empalizada" merengue style is replaced by exaggerated Cuban motion, taught in chain ballroom studios for dancing the merengue of Latin American origin (Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Mambo, Salsa).
Perhaps you've tried salsa dancing in a club or party setting and you want the basics broken down for you, or you've just heard how exciting the dance really is; by taking each dance pattern step by step and building on what you just learned, you're absolutely guaranteed to succeed, and to love it.
www.outtodance.com /merengue.html   (298 words)

 Zack's Dance Loft
The dance was created by fl slaves who added special drums upbeat and a slight skip or a hop to the European ballroom dance.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, the Merengue was very popular in the Dominican Republic and Since the 1930s Merengue is readily recognized as the national dance of the Dominican Republic.
These days, Merengue is done with the man holding the woman in a Waltz-like position; they step to the side, Turn clockwise or counter clockwise while maintaining closed dance position, or individually perform turns while holding onto at least one hand of their partner.
www.zacksdanceloft.com /FORMgallery.htm   (958 words)

 Merengue Dance Steps and Timing
A hero of the revolution, who loved to dance, was honoured with a ball on his homecoming but with a wounded leg all he could do, was make a small step to the side with one leg and drag the other to close.
In Merengue you can start moving on nearly any beat but to give the dance its character, you change weight as you step to the side (count 1), again as you roll your foot (count &) and drag the other foot to close (count 2).
As you dance the Merengue the look and feel of the dance will be considerably enhanced if you keep your upper body errect and as still as possible.
www.geocities.com /sd_au/merengue/sdsmerengue.htm   (713 words)

 Merengue - Dance
Regardless of who claims to have originated the dance, the Merengue continues to enjoy favor with American dancers, who find its music lively and spirited and fun to dance.
The lame leg theory, originally introduced to America when the dance was brought here in the early 50's, has slowly disappeared from sight, making the Merengue one of the easiest of the Latin dances, and great fun to dance.
The Merengue music is written in 4/4 time and should be played at a tempo of 30 measures per minute for examinations and competitions.
www.genewillman.com /dances/merengue.php   (262 words)

 Soaring Steps, San Francisco, CA - Merengue Dance History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Merengue originated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic during the late 18th century.
Thus, the signature drag-step of Merengue was created out of accommodation for the soldier’s wounded leg and the birth of a new nation.
Merengue is a partner dance with the leader holding the follower in a close position.
www.soaringsteps.org /resources/latin-american/merengue   (253 words)

 Merengue Dance Lessons Louisville Kentucky
The Merengue is a popular dance of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is a truly lively Latin dance.
Rather than embarrass their hero, who limped on his wounded leg while dancing, all the men present favored their leg as well, and thus the Merengue was born.
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbor sharing the island.
www.allthatdancelouisville.com /descriptions/merenguedancelessons.html   (434 words)

 Learn to Dance Merengue with Merengue Dancing Video and DVD
Merengue is a very easy dance for beginners, probably the easiest dance you will ever learn.
The Merengue basic is danced as a walking step with a step taken on every beat of music.
While hip movement is a must for Merengue, the amount of hip movement varies with personal preference.Sometimes called the sister dance to Salsa, Merengue originated in the Caribbean around the 1850's and has grown in popularity as a worldwide dance due in part to the simplicity of the dance.
www.dancelovers.com /learn_merengue.html   (145 words)

 Ballroom Dancing Videos and DVDs
She is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and is the winner of numerous dance competitions.
Each dance is separated into a show section - where professional couples perform the dance in formal costume - and a teaching section where, in everyday clothes, they then break the dance down into sections of easy-to-follow steps.
Choose from three simple dance styles and routines (Waltz, Slow Dance, or Rumba) Kyle and Susan have put together three lovely, but simple, routines that are guaranteed to make you look and feel great on your very special day with their easy-to-follow instruction.
www.centralhome.com /ballroomcountry/ballroomvideo.htm   (5867 words)

 Salsa Dance Videos and DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Unusually, the music Askaar dances to comes from a live band, which creates an appropriately frantic atmosphere as the talented instructor guides students through their first steps on the road to becoming an expert in Salsa Fusion.
With a strong focus on Lead and Follow Dancing, you'll be amazed at how quickly you can learn the Salsa when the instruction is well thought out and presented in ways that is easy to absorb.
Marlon and Suzie demonstrate Merengue combinations with plenty of ducks and spins, illustrated in both the classical European position and trendy "Jumping Merengue" style.
www.iefit.com /Dance/salsa-dance.htm   (3532 words)

 Colorado Dance Studios--Merengue
The rhythms of the Merengue inspire dancers all over the world to move to the intoxicating beat.
There are two schools of thought about how the dance began.
One says it started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African slaves—dragging one leg relieved chafing of leg irons.
www.coloradodancestudios.com /merengue.html   (76 words)

 Merengue Videos
With one step taken to each beat of music, dancing the Merengue is like marching, and it's just about as easy.
Hundreds of dance figures are possible and just about anything goes in Merengue.
This video goes on to show all of the most common and familiar Merengue patterns and it goes further to show pretzels and tunnels.
www.thedancestore.freeservers.com /merengue.htm   (147 words)

 Learn to dance Merengue in your area, online, DVD - latin american, ballroom dancing, salsa, argentine tango, Jive and ...
A very simple beat with very simple steps means you can be partying on the floor literally as you learn to dance Merengue within less than a minute.
The pattern of moves in Merengue is shared with those of Salsa but, in Merengue, they are slower and easier to pick up.
Merengue has become a popular part of any Salsa event and any Latino Club night.
www.learntodance.co.uk /merengue.htm   (206 words)

Whatever it's origin, today's exciting rhythm of the Merengue inspires dancers all over the world to move to its intoxicating beat.
Merengue music is written in 2/4, 4/4 or 6/8 time.
This dance is introduced as a marching dance but can be developed into a very rhythmical dance.
www.spokanedance.com /merengue.html   (173 words)

 Amazon.ca: Learn to Dance In Minutes: Salsa & Merengue: DVD: Cal Pozo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The dance springs from this essential hip movement, and if you don't get a feel for it, you won't get a feel for the dance.
Therefore, Pozo spends a good part of the tape slowly and clearly explaining posture and weight emphasis on the foot, to ensure that you'll be able dance the merengue without looking like a robot.
Salsa and merengue are two of the most popular Latin dances.
www.amazon.ca /Learn-Dance-Minutes-Salsa-Merengue/dp/B00003UC92   (900 words)

 Learn club dance steps in Louisville Kentucky. Salsa swing dance lessons.
Whether you like hot and spicy salsa dancing or the cool groove of swing dancing, we have dance lessons to keep your burning up the dance floor all night long.
Fast and spunky, dance club Salsa is a very easy dance to learn and has endless opportunities for variations for those who like it spicy.
It is a nice complimentary dance for those who hit the Salsa clubs regularly and our instructors can teach you fun and easy latin dance steps that will keep you at the center of the dance party all night long.
www.bravodancestudio.com /clubdance.htm   (324 words)

 Amazon.com: Cal Pozo's Learn to Dance in Minutes - Salsa & Merengue: DVD: Learn to Dance in Minutes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Cal Pozo is a former U.S. Ballroom Dancing gold medalist and Broadway choreographer who has taught millions of people how to dance with style and confidence using this award-winning "Learn to Dance in Minutes" series.
I dance close, very close to a guy a.k.a Dirty Dancing or also known as - my friends telling me "why don't u two get a room" LOL (they are joking & I have a good sense of humor:)).
At 1st you'll dance in the back, still watching others, but by the end of the night you will be Dancing and with that "Latin Hip Motion".
www.amazon.com /Cal-Pozos-Learn-Dance-Minutes/dp/B00003UC92   (1963 words)

Merengue History - describes the origins, initial social rejection, and choreography of the Dominican folkloric dance
DJ Tony's Merengue Awards - compilation of songs that were hits during 1998.
Merengue: The Music - overview of the structure of the music style.
www.partyguideonline.com /cultures/dance/merengue.html   (192 words)

 ARTSEDGE: Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom
If every student begins with the basics—regardless of whether they've never danced in their lives or if they've taken dance lessons for years—students will be more comfortable moving their bodies in a classroom setting and won't be as intimidated to try more involved dance steps among peers.
Explain that merengue is a lively, festive dance originating from the island of Santo Domingo, which is located north of the Caribbean Sea.
In the 1930s, merengue was promoted by, then-president of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, and it became the country's national music and dance.
artsedge.kennedy-center.org /content/3906   (1402 words)

 StreetSwing's Dance History Archives- Merengue / Pambiche - Main1
- The Merengue has existed since the early years of the Dominican Republic around the time of the Spanish-American War (1898,) as well as in Haiti and was written about in the mid 1800s.
The Merengue was not introduced to the United States till about 1950 and had seen some acceptance and popularity.
- The "merengue confection" used in pies and such has been said to be the source of the name on occasion.
www.streetswing.com /histmain/z3mrngue.htm   (357 words)

 Private Lessons
Here at Gotta Dance 2, we claim to be the best in dance education and most fun with instructors waiting to get you up and dancing as fast as possible.
Whatever it is, here at Gotta Dance 2, we are happy to provide private dance lessons for those who want that personal instruction.
We take pride in having instructors that are highly qualified to give you a solid base of dancing skills and guarantee you will have fun all along the way.
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