Bolero derives from two specific genres of slow-tempo Hispanic music and their relative dances. Bolero music was developed in Spain during the late 18th century as a version of ballroom sounds. The music influenced composers across the globe, most famously Maurice Ravel with his Bolero, as well as a Flamenco variation called Boleras.
The romantic movements of Bolero are the slowest of Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of the music. The Bolero is defined as a smooth, sophisticated, sentimental dance of love. It’s emphasized by smooth and graceful turns with much communication between partners. The slower tempos to which it is performed enhances a feeling of romance.
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