Bolero Dancing

Below is a smaller excerpt of this dance description from What Dance Are You?

What Dance Are You? Written by Kris Stinson
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The intoxicating experience of soul mates.

Bolero is the slowest of all the ballroom dances, and dancers move as though they were spellbound. Choreographies often show the dancers withdrawing and approaching each other in a state of enchantment. Combining outstretched steps, outstretched arms, along with a rise and fall in their bodies, dancers appear to be “falling in love.”

Like its musical history, Bolero dance has evolved many times and so it is hard to argue what style is authentic. Over its 200-plus-year history, Bolero has been danced both individually and with partners, picking up various cultural influences as it spread from Spain to Cuba to other countries. However, it was the Cuban partner dance of the Bolero-Son that inspired the Ballroom Bolero. Ballroom Bolero is part of the American Rhythm group of ballroom dances. Due to the design of the dance, Ballroom Bolero looks more aesthetically appealing and relevant to modern music (as long as the tempo is slow) than other ballroom dances.

If you wish to learn Ballroom Bolero, you are advised to seek out your local ballroom dance studios. Experiencing this dance socially (away from your local ballroom dance instruction studios) on a regular basis will likely be a challenge.



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