Paso Doble

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Ballroom Latin Style

The Paso Doble (meaning “double-step” in Spanish) refers to a style of ballroom dancing included in DanceSport categories of competition that began in the 16th century in the country of France. This dance became popular in Spain because it became based on the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight’s sound, drama, and movement.


The Paso Doble was initially light Spanish music with a binary rhythm and moderated movement, presumably based on typical Spanish dances of the 16th century. This traditional couple’s dance originated in France and was then adopted in Spain and Portugal.


The Paso Doble is one of the most dramatic of all the Latin dances. It is a progressive dance in which dancers take strong steps forward with the heels and incorporate artistic hand movements. The forward steps, or walks, should be strong and proud. The man should also incorporate the apel, a move in which he strongly stamps his foot, much like a matador strikes the ground to capture the bull’s attention. All motions of the Paso Doble should be sharp and quick, with the chest and head held high to represent arrogance and dignity.