The International Paso Doble is a theatrical dance that is often serious and dramatic. Its songs are often variations of España Cañi, and will have breaks or "highlights" in fixed positions in the song. Paso doble routines will be choreographed around the music and its phrases, with dancers striking a dramatic, powerful pose during the highlight. The paso doble is inspired by the music played at bullfights, with the leader playing the part of the matador and the follower playing the part of the matador's cape or the bull.
Due to its theatrical nature and unique music, paso doble is most often danced at ballroom dance competitions and performances such as Dancing with the Stars.
Ways to Learn Paso Doble at Arete Dance Center
Paso doble is one of the ten dances we teach in our series group class program, along with Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, and Jive. We continue to teach the paso doble through all of our series group classes as you move up the levels, giving more advanced routines and technique as you progress.
If you are just interested in learning the paso doble on its own, we recommend a private lesson with one of our professional dance instructors.