The Bolero is one of many dances which evoke romance and love in both music and movement. There are two types of Bolero – the Spanish and Cuban Boleros, they differ slightly in musical form, and movement characteristics.
Bolero originated in Spain, and has several unique aspects. The dance was believed to have developed in the 18th century and danced to guitar and castanets; Sebastiano Carezo is credited with the original Spanish Dance. A similar dance style appeared in Cuba, and different dance forms developed. While there is some controversy over specific origins of the dance, it has a distinctly Latin heritage and several defining features.
Bolero dance is a slow, sensuous rhythm dance coming from the Spanish tradition. The lead in the dance literally mimics the movements of the toreador in a bullfight, while the follow alternates between movements suggesting the bull or the matador’s cape.
June 25, 2019