Merengue develops Cuban Motion and the ability to adapt to any partner. The march type beat sharpens timing and coordination and it's the simplest dance to learn.
There are two schools of thought as to how this captivating dance began. One says it started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African Slaves. Another says a returning war hero, a General Maringie, danced dragging an injured leg. Whatever its origin, today's exciting rhythm of the Merengue inspires dancers all over the world to move to its intoxicating beat.
Merengue music is written in 2/4, 4/4 or 6/8 time. The rhythmical accent occurs on the first beat of each measure.
Walking steps and side steps (chasse) are the basic components of Merengue. This dance is introduced as a marching dance but can be developed into a very rhythmical dance. With 'Cuban Motion' and animated body movement, the Merengue gives a festive party appeal.