Learn to dance Merengue
The Merengue Dance Style
The Merengue is the only Latin dance that combines one-step timing with Cuban Motion. The result is a cheerful and vibrant dance with simple steps that is excellent for beginners, particularly those interested in moving to other Latin dances like the Salsa, as their skills progress.
The Merengue is a spot dance, meaning there is very little movement around the dance floor, which makes it the perfect dance for small or crowded dance areas. The dance has very distinctive footwork, traditional Latin hip movements, and a fluid and majestic upper body.
At Arthur Murray, we have Merengue classes available for every skill level from absolute beginners, through to experienced dancers. We can even provide you with a partner if you don’t have one. Contact us today for your free lesson.
History of the Merengue
Considered the national dance of the Dominican Republic, the story of the inception of the Merengue is hotly debated.
There are two versions of the story. In one, the dance is said to have been grown out of the slave communities of the Caribbean. Sources believe that the distinctive footwork of the dance resembles the steps of people who were chained as they walk together in a procession.
In the other version, the dance is said to have been created by a returning war hero, General Maringie, who, having been injured in battle, danced with an injured leg.
Whatever its origin, the Merengue inspires dancers the world over with its cheer and energy.
The Merengue music is written in 4/4 time and relies heavily on drums, saxophone and guitars. Compared with some other Latin dances, the tempo of Merengue music is quite slow, but still manages to keep the vibrant tempo usually associated with Latin music and dances.
Here are our Top 10 favourite songs to dance the Merengue to:
- Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
- Cuban Pete – Jim Carrey
- Colegiala – Alex Bueno
- La Bilirrubina – Juan Luis Guerra
- El Costo de la Vida – Juan Luis Guerra
- Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte
- La Quiero A Morir – Sergio Vargas
- Traigo Fuego – Peña Suazo & La Banda Gorda
- El Jardinero – Wilfrido Vargas
- Los Hermanos Rosario – La Duena Del Swing
How to get Started Learning the Merengue
The Merengue is a great dance for beginners, or as an introduction to the Latin dances. At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this simple but intoxicating dance style.
We love dance, and want you to experience Merengue at our studios. Book a free lesson with Arthur Murray’s instructors online and have fun learning the Merengue today!