Putting Merengue Dance Steps Together

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There is more than one story pertaining to the origin of the merengue, from slaves forced to drag one foot as they danced because they were chained together, or out of sympathy for a returning hero who was shot in one leg and danced with a limp. Whatever the origin, this dance from the Dominican Republic is quite popular today. These instructions can help you put the various merengue steps together.
  1. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/3877614652_0ffd865574.jpgBegin putting the merengue dance steps together by doing the basic merengue steps. Move in time to the music and take very small steps in place, starting with your right foot. Sway your hips from side to side as you do this.
  2. Do a half turn to the right then to the left by continuing to do the basic merengue steps as you turn. Turn completely around as you put the merengue steps together so that you go in a full circle. Remember to stay with the music and continue to do the basic merengue steps as you turn.
  3. Travel from one side to another as you put the merengue steps together. Take six side steps to the right, starting with your right foot, then take six side steps to the left beginning with your left foot. Once you have taken six steps in either direction, return to "neutral" by side stepping three times, returning to the center.
  4. Follow the travel steps with pivot steps as you put the merengue steps together. Pivot by stepping forward with your right foot, stepping in place with your left foot, then returning your right foot next to your left. You can also do pivot steps by stepping forward with your right foot, stepping in place with your left foot, then stepping back with your right foot instead of placing it beside your left. Step in place again with your left foot, then place your right foot beside it. Do pivot steps with your left foot as well.
  5. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2479/3877611988_8460d6ab70.jpgAdd a turn to your pivot steps as you put the merengue steps together. Step forward with your right foot and turn on the ball of your foot until you face the back the wall and step in place with your left foot. Step forward again with your right foot and turn on the ball of your foot until you face the middle of the room then step in place with your left foot and place your right foot beside it.
  6. Perform a small circle with your hips as you put the merengue dance steps together. As you turn in a circle with your body as you do the basic merengue steps, revolve your hips around in a circle as you step.
  7. Move with box steps as you put the merengue steps together. The box steps look like jazz squares. While keeping in time to the music, step forward with your right foot and place it in front of your left foot. Cross in front of your right foot and step to the right with your left foot, then step to the side and to the right with your right foot.
  8. Go with the single, single, double steps as you put the merengue steps together. Step to the right with your right foot and twist your foot as it touches the ground. Think of squashing a bug as you grind it with the ball of your foot. Step to the left and do the same twisting movement with your left foot. Step back to the right, but this time, step to the right with your left foot, then step again to the right with your right foot. Do the same thing in the other direction, but step twice to the left with your left foot.

 

 


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