Origin of Bolero
Like so many dances that evolved from Cuba and the Caribbean, and having the same roots as the Rumba, the Bolero was a Spanish/ African dance with a very slow Rumba style rhythm. Traditionally associated with romantic Spanish love songs, the Bolero is not only a sensuous dance of love, but also a style of love song very popular today especially in the Spanish speaking communities.
Danced in 4/4 timing, he Bolero has 4 even beats to the bar with accent on the first beat, Slow sensuous love songs in Spanish are often used and are very popular.
A slight rise and fall together with a smooth sophisticated movement and a romantic communication between the partners makes this the ideal dance of love. Turns, breaks and wrapping type movements, together with changes of rhythm and a sense of playfulness towards each other, tell the story of this dance. Bolero is a mixture of 3 dances: Tango (contra body movement), Waltz (body rise and fall) and Rumba (Cuban motion and slow Latin music).
Time signature – 4/4
Tempo – 24-26 measures per minute
Timing – SQQ
Beat value 2-1-1
Bolero is the fourth dance in the American Rhythm Style Competition, but you can learn it just for fun.