Paso Doble originates from Spain. It developed on the basis of movements performed by the matadors during the bull fights. In Paso Doble the man (matador) is in focus more than in any other dance. The lady is left with playing a role of a cape (“cappa”) the red canvas of the torreador or a bull, depending on circumstances. Paso Doble is one of the most dramatic dances you will ever see. These free online dance lessons will help you learn the basic steps in Paso Doble, but the use of an instructional video, or lessons from a dance studio will make learning easier and more fun.
A note about the paso doble posture:
The hips are held very forward in this dance by both the leaders and followers. You may even tilt your upper body back in order to balance out the forward position of the hips. The spine is stretched up all the time to create a very dramatic and strong look.
Here is some basic Paso doble steps that are called “Chasses”. These steps are basically sharp stomps of the feet from side to side. They can be danced apart or in hold. Watch the video now:
Here is a demonstration of the basic paso doble steps:
These are the basic steps from the international Ballroom dance style demonstrated by Donnie Burns who was a 14 world champion. There is a demonstration to the music followed by counting the steps.
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