Learn to Dance the Bolero

The history of the Bolero is not clear. Both Spain and Cuba have their own version of the Bolero, but there is no documentation on which country started the Bolero first. The Spanish Bolero dance is in 3/4 time, the Cuban Bolero dance is in 2/4 time, and then eventually the Bolero became 4/4 time.

The Bolero is similar to the Rumba because it shares the same footwork, but it has a much slower rhythm. The music rhythm is based off of the tempo and the Bolero only has a tempo of 96 beats per minute. The Rumba has a tempo of 104 beats per minute making it slightly faster than the Bolero. Due to the slight difference in tempo, it is hard to distinguish the Bolero from the Rumba.

The Bolero is often called the dance of love because of the music and the slow and graceful dance steps.

The music is frequently arranged with Spanish vocals and a subtle percussion effect, usually implemented with Conga or Bongos. It is characterized by long sweeping side steps and use of rise and fall to create a softness, which makes this dance unique among the rhythm dances. The expanding and contracting dance position makes a very dramatic and romantic statement.

For beginners looking to try the Bolero, it may be confusing to distinguish the Bolero from other rhythm dances. The trained dance instructors at Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios in New Mexico are here to help dance enthusiasts with all their questions and needs. Arthur Murray New Mexico in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho can teach you both the Rumba and Bolero in order for you to feel the differences in each dance and decide which dance suites you best.

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