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Merengue Dance Videos for Beginners and Beyond by SalsaCrazy

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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2007

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The SalsaCrazy team is at it again with an all new Merengue Dancing instructional system that's fun, simple, and exciting. Learn how to dance Merengue with ease and style as these easy to follow dance videos guide you through an amazing Merengue Dance foundation. Learn all the fundamental Merengue dance steps with 3 comprehensive and step by step beginner Merengue videos. 2 left feet? No problem. . . These Merengue lessons will make even the extreme novice a Merengue dancing master after practicing and learning from SalsaCrazy. Learning to dance Merengue has never been more fun!

The merengue dance is an extremely popular dance all over the world, and ever since it has hit the global arena, it has shown no signs of slowing down. Merengue dance is an important type of dance from Latin America, but where else has it made its presence felt? Like any other dance, it has grown and changed over time and by taking a look at its history and its evolution, we can perhaps take a look at where it is going to go and what is going to happen in this extremely popular dance form.

The first thing to understand about merengue dance is that it is the national dance of the Dominican Republican and it originated in El Cibao. From tragic beginnings, the merengue developed into a dance that was performed at all walks of life. The merengue dance is popularly thought to have originated from the African slaves who were brought to the New World to pick sugar cane. In a macabre twist the slaves were chained together by one foot. There was a rhythm that was involved in dragging one foot in rhythm as they were forced into the fields. The exotic beats combined with the simple four beat structure makes merengue dance one of the simplest dances to learn and this seems to be a part of its popularity; merengue outsells salsa by a rate of four to one!

From these humble beginnings, merengue saw a slow but steady popularization that made it spread all over the country and to a wide variety of social situations. Merengue was co-opted by the upper classes and soon it was being performed in many elite ballrooms. By the start of the twentieth century, however, you'll find that merengue tipico was only commonly found in the rural neighborhoods. The merengue dance that was known as tipico (which means authentic or folk), you'll find that the music that accompanies it was often sung and played on the button accordion, the tambor and the alto saxophone.

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