Time signature: 2/4
Measures per minute (MPM): 60-62 (may vary)
Beats per minute (BPM): 120-124 (may vary)
Year: 16th century
The music was introduced into bullfights during the 19th century. It is now played during the bullfighter's entrance into the ring (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. It corresponds to the Paso Doble dance (traditional and ballroom).
Famous bullfighters have been honored by having Paso Doble tunes named after them. Other tunes have been inspired by patriotic motifs or local characters.España Cañi. This song has breaks or "highlights" in fixed positions in the song (two highlights at Syllabus Levels, three highlights and a longer song at Open Levels). Highlights emphasize music and are more powerful sounding than the other parts of the music. Usually, at the highlights, dancers perform a trick and a position that that they hold to the end of the highlight. Traditionally, Paso Doble routines are choreographed to match these highlights, as well as the musical phrases. Accordingly, most other Ballroom Paso Doble tunes are written with similar highlights (those without are simply avoided in most competitions).
Because of its inherently choreographed tradition, Ballroom Paso Doble, for the most part, is danced only competitively, almost never socially, or without a previously learned routine. This said, in Spain, France, Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica and some parts of Germany, it is danced socially as a lead and follow (not choreographed) dance. In Venezuela, the Paso Doble is almost a must-have dance at weddings and big parties, being especially famous by the song "Guitarra Española" by Los Melódicos.
According to the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), the modern Paso Doble consists of two dancing parts and one break in-between for dancers of class D and of three parts and two breaks in-between for dancers of classes C, B, and A. Dancers of lower than D-class level usually perform only four official dances of the International Latin Program. See also WDSF Levels of Dance for level classifications.Latin dances. It is a progressive dance in which dancers take strong steps forward with the heels, and incorporate artistic hand movements. The forward steps, or walks, should be strong and proud.
The man should also incorporate the apel, a move in which he strongly stamps his foot, much like a matador strikes the ground in order to capture the attention of the bull. All moves of the Paso Doble should be sharp and quick, with the chest and head held high to represent arrogance and dignity.Flamenco influences. The bold, inspiring music has a simple 1-2-1-2 march rhythm, with very few rhythm changes. The tempo of Paso Doble music is usually 120-124 beats per minute, 60 measures per minute. The Spanish Gypsy Dance has become the universal anthem of the Paso Doble.
- Amparito Roca
- El Beso
- El gato montés
- El Relicario
- España cañí
- Islas Canarias
- La Gracia de Dios
- Feria de Manizales
- La Morena de mi Copla
- Plaza de las Ventas
- Paquito el Chocolatero
- Sombreros y Mantilles
- Suspiros de España
- Que Viva España
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