The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of the music.
The Bolero has the same Afro-Cuban roots as the Rumba and is thought to have originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as Danzon and Beguine.
The Bolero is usually played in 4/4 time and its tempo is slower than that of the Rumba. While Rumba music is very rhythmical, the lyrical Bolero sounds more like a Latin Ballad.
The Bolero has some different characteristics from its Cuban relative the Rumba. Its long sweeping side steps and use of rise and fall create a softness that makes this dance unique among the Rhythm dances. The expanding and contracting dance position makes a very dramatic and romantic statement.
Bolero songs and artists include:
* Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan – Gloria Estefan
* Perfidia – Nat King Cole
* Sin Excusas Ni Rodeos – Julio Iglesias
* From Here To Eternity – Frank Sinatra