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  1. 1. By: Rachel
  2. 2. Table of Contents The Origin The Outfits Popularity The Importance The Music Work Cited
  3. 3. 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 wounded leg. Table of Contents
  4. 4. The merengue became popular in the mid 19th century. 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. Table of Contents
  5. 5. The Music  The music is sharp and becomes quicker as you get towards the end of the song.  Hip movements and fancy footwork are crucial to this dance.  According to hhtp://www.dancecentral.co.uk/ “Traditional Meringue music is played on accordion, saxophone, tambora drum, box bass and güira.”  The merengue music Table of Contents
  6. 6. http://www.definitivecaribbean.com/special -interests/dominican-republic/music Outfits Table of Contents  Women wear dresses or puffy skirts with matching shirts.  Men wear pants with nice shirts, these shirts usually match a color in the skirt of the woman they are dancing with.
  7. 7. 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 danced to. Table of Contents
  8. 8.  1.http://www.salsa    merengue.co.uk/revealit/dancemer.html 2.http://www.dancecentral.co.uk/DanceNtral/Articles/mer engue.htm 3.http://www.centralhome.com/ballroomcountry/mereng ue.htm 4. Google search engine www.google.com 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXvhT6SW1DE Work Cited
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