Paso doble [pasodoble]
- Charles Garrett
A fast duple-meter march-like music and its corresponding two-step couple dance. Originating in France, the dance became associated with Spanish dance culture; theatrical presentations have used music and movements to evoke elements of a bullfight (for example, the lead dancer as matador, the follower as the matador’s cape). Gaining popularity with French competition dancers in the early 20th century, it has developed primarily into a competitive Ballroom dance, rather than a social or theatrical dance. Although it has not been one of the primary competitive ballroom dances in the United States, it has been a fixture on the international scene as one of the dances in the International Latin program. The brisk, agile couple dance is characterized by quick, march-like steps, with emphasis on every second step. The structure of each dance includes an introduction and three main sections, including climactic moments that typically prompt dramatic poses. The dance has often been choreographed to “España cañí” or appropriate pieces composed in ...