Type of Music
There are two theories on how the dance came to be.
•Slaves cut sugar to the beat of a drum while
dragging a leg.
•A hero injured his leg, so the village
welcomed him by dragging a leg like him.
The dance originated from two places.
•The Dominican Republic
Popularity of the Dance
•Was danced on a show called “Santo Domingo
•The Merengue is a very easy dance for people
5 Basic Moves:
Start in closed position
Shift weight onto right foot.
Step onto left foot, keep right leg straight.
Shift weight onto left foot.
Close right foot to left foot
Some songs that the Merengue are danced to include:
“La Cadena Se Rompio”- Joe Veras
“Suavemente”- Elvis Preso
“Muchacho Malo”- Olga Tanon
Example of the Song
How to Dance the Merengue
Women wear dresses made with lightweight materials,
rhinestones, sequins, fringe, and feathers.
Men’s costumes compliment there partners. They wear a
shirt tucked into slacks.
Both men and women where shoes with flat soles.
The Merengue is the heart and soul of the Dominican Republic.
They are very proud of their dance.
The Merengue is an essential aspect of the Dominican Republic.
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