The bolero has a two-fold origin and comprises several coplas. Bring your percussion instruments along to your dance classes for some Latin flavor and fun. Here’s what the bolero entails, and what you can expect to learn here.
This intriguing dance was first performed by the Spanish in the 18th century. It has roots in Cuba too, and the styles derived from these countries differ. The Spanish version showcased the alluring sevillanas, and contrandaza.
The Spanish had an array of names for this dance. Some of them included the baile de palillos, and the escuelabolera. It was first derived from an eclectic mix of ballet and fiesta dances. The antiquated Spanish version came from the Castilla-La Mancha district, and was popularized in Madrid.
What it Entails
The dance comprises three coplas. Each copla contains 36 bars. You’ll dance to a steady tempo here. Coplas are succeeded by a position switch, or parada. You’ll finish your copla with a bienparado. This is a bold pose, and forms an essential part of many Spanish dances.
The basic movement comprises six steps similar to the rumba alternative basic, and the mambo basic. Your timing here would be slow-quick-quick. There are two counts for music here. Your first step comprises a side step, with a back rock, and your second step is a side step, succeeded by a forward rock.
The rise and fall motion here is often compared to the rise and fall motion of the classic waltz. Basic elevation is used here, and you may, or may not use a foot rise. Remember that a foot rise adds complexity, so it’s advisable to omit this if you’re new to dancing.
Hip movement can be incorporated when partners are in an open, or closed facing stance. You may also add some body shaping moves into your basic bolero with the contra check, and the back check motion.
You can also add an element of fun here with your castanets, for special effect. You may have to learn how to play these though. Don’t worry, as these are easy to master with a bit of practice. Simply hold these by its handles, but remember to always keep a finger on the upper castanet. Stroke the castanet against your knee for sound. Try to use the ones derived from rose wood for the best effect.
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