Merengue is the simplest dance to learn. Its uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music.
There are two schools of thought as to how this captivating dance began. One says it started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African slaves. Another says a returning war hero, a General Maringie, danced dragging an injured leg. Whatever its 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. The rhythmical accent will occur on the first beat of each measure.
Walking steps and side steps (chasse) are the basic components of Meregue. This dance is introduced as a marching dance but can be developed into a very rhythmical dance. With “Cuban Motion” and animated body movement, the Merengue gives a festive party appeal.
Merengue songs and artists include:
* Hot, Hot, Hot – Buster Poindexter
* Jump In The Line – Harry Belafonte
* Cuban Pete – Jim Carey