Originating in Africa and popularizing in the Dominican Republic, Merengue is a style of dance moved to the repeating five-beat pattern quintillo. With Merengue’s multicultural influences, it’s a modern musical/dance style rooted in timeless traditions.
The instruments used to create the music of Merengue are economical and easy to make, which is one reason for Merengue’s international growth. Its music, of course, is not restricted to these musical instruments alone — it often also involves brass instruments such as a saxophone or horn.
Merengue is the simplest dance to learn — its uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music. Merengue develops Cuban motion and the ability to adapt to any partner. It is the only Latin dance which combines one-step timing with Cuban motion, making it a useful dance to learn for other Latin dances. The march-like beat sharpens timing and coordination and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm.
If you’re interested in learning to dance the Merengue, visit one of our Arthur Murray Dance Studios to get started!