By Arthur Murray
The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of music.
The Bolero has the same Afro-Cuban roots as the Rumba as is thought to have originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as Danzon and Beguine.
The Bolero is usually played in 4/4 time and its tempo is slower than that of the Rumba. It’s long sweeping side steps and use of rise and fall create a softness that makes this dance unique among the Rhythm dances. The expanding and contracting dance position makes a very dramatic and romantic statement.
- Rise & Fall Learn grace and poise through balance
- Lead & Follow Develop arm and hand connections
- Timing Learn the control necessary for slow music
- Arm Styling Create contrasting speed of arms and hands
- Footwork Develop the use of knees and ankles to create soft movement
- Compare/Contrast Waltz, Rumba, Tango
Bolero songs and artists include:
Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan – Gloria Estefan
Perfidia – Nat King Cole
Sin Excusas Ni Rodes – Julio Iglesias
From Here to Eternity – Frank Sinatra