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Merengue is a style of music and dance originated in theCaribbean, especially in theDominicanRepublic in theearlynineteenthcentury.This folk dance has becomewidespread and regarded as theDominicannational dance.sourceItisuncleartheorigin of the merengue. There are differentviewsonthesubject are: -Alfonsecawhoinventedmeringue.-Itsorigin and appearanceorlost in thepast. HISTORY
- Itwasborn as a Creole tune afterthebattle of Talanquera won theDominicans.- Merengue comes from a Cuban musiccalled UPA, whichhad a partcalled merengue. The UPA cameto Puerto Rico, arrivedto Santo Domingo in themiddle of lastcentury.Thisrhythm has evolvedthroughoutthetwentiethcenturywiththeintroduction of new instrumentslikethesaxophone and laterwiththeappearance of bandswith instrumental sections of winds.
Whenwe dance merengue we can seetwothings: the position of dance derivedfrom Western Europe and themovement of thehipsrevealshisAfricanroots.We can dance togetherorseparate, it more popular dance separate.
Theinstrumentsthatmake up the merengue dance musicknown, are traditionallythedrum, Guira, parakeetripiaoaccordion, saxophone, piano and trumpet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvqSRuf2rQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HavTXIs-CJ8 THE MUSIC
CHAMPIONSHIPS Theyare performedindoorsbecauseitis a ballroom dance. There are severaltypes of competitions: -Classics
- Latinos: Thissectionisincludedthe merengue. They dance in pairs in a separateroomwherethey are evaluatedby a jury. Errors are penalizediftheymakemanymistakes and theirexpulsionfromtheroom.
PD: Wehavenotfoundanything more aboutcompetitionsanywhere.Escuchar