Bolero
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The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of the music

Music:

The Bolero is usually played in 4/4 time and its tempo is slower than that of the Rumba. While Rumba music is very rhythmical, the lyrical Bolero sounds more like a Latin Ballad.

Characteristics:

The Bolero has some different characteristics from its Cuban relative the Rumba. Its 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.

Teaching Elements:

  • 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 EstefanPerfidia - Nat King Cole
  • Sin Excusas Ni Rodeos - Julio Iglesias
  • From Here to Eternity - Frank Sinatra

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