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The merengue is the dance of the Dominican
Republic. People believe that the dance originated
when chained slaves danced in the fields and
dragged one of their legs.
Another story says that when a worrier with a
wounded leg came back to his home the village
threw a party and danced like the man with the
The merengue became popular in the mid 19th
The dance and its music are popular through out
South America and the Caribbean. The
merengue became popular because of its easy to
learn steps and upbeat song choices.
The music is sharp and becomes quicker as you get
towards the end of the song.
Hip movements and fancy footwork are crucial to
According to hhtp://www.dancecentral.co.uk/
“Traditional Meringue music is played on
accordion, saxophone, tambora drum, box bass
The merengue music
Women wear dresses or puffy skirts with matching
Men wear pants with nice shirts, these shirts
usually match a color in the skirt of the woman
they are dancing with.
The Merengues Importance
The merengue is internationally known as
the dance of the Dominican Republic.
The music can be listened to for its deep
noted feeling, it doesn’t always have to be
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