The Merengue, a popular ballroom dance, originated in the
The Merengue was influenced by European dances and was
created by African slaves.
The Merengue became extremely popular in the Dominican
The Merengue was originally danced in a circle and was similar to something
known as a “cake walk”.
Earlier, men and woman would dance the Merengue at an arm’s length apart while
shaking their shoulders and taking fast steps.
As the years went on, people started dancing to the drumbeat and the Merengue is
presently characterized with fast hip movements.
One step is taken for each beat of the music when doing this Latin Ballroom dance.
The music people dance to while doing the Merengue has suggestive lyrics
and is commonly very fast.
The music for this dance originated in the Dominican Republic.
Here is an example of people doing the Merengue and the music that is
played when dancing: http://youtu.be/FJ5MrZsPIjQ
What you wear during the Merengue depends on where the dance is to take place.
If the dance takes place at a cultural or traditional festival, the girl would wear a
traditional peasent top with a flowing skirt and the man would wear a shirt matching his
If the dance takes place at a club, the girl would wear a fitting top that shows off the waist
line and the man would wear dark jeans with an open and colored fitting ship.
The Merengue touches upon the political realm, economics, social unity, and
celebration in the lives of the citizens in the Dominican Republic.
The Merengue has played an important role in the political history of the
The Merenegue has also socially untied the citizens for the Dominican Republic.