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Dancesport - Paso Doble

Louis van Amstel and Julie Fryer
The Netherlands


Paso Doble History
Paso Doble Characteristics
Paso Doble Interpretation
Couples to Observe
Paso Doble Music
The next Dance, Jive
The previous Dance, Rumba


The Paso Doble on the competition floor should create a Spanish Bull Fighting atmosphere. For me the Paso Doble is the dance for the Man, which allows him to fill the "Space" with strong three dimensional shapes and movements danced with "Pride and Dignity". Most Man on the floor underestimate the Body toning required for the Paso Doble to dance Scharp and Sudden shaped lines.

Characteristic of the Paso Doble are the "Marching" flavour given to the steps and the cape movements creating the required tension between both dancers, by the way the lady is the Cape not the Bull!

Attention should be given to the musical phrasing and the choreographic patterns, in non progressive moving patterns an increase of energy and strength must be noticeable by the audience and the ... Judges.

Best Regards

Piet Rullens

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Paso Doble History

p>The Paso Doble is the only Latin Dance with is not coming from the "Negro" culture, the roots of the Paso Doble are in Spain. The peak in popularity of this dance was in 1926. After World War II the Paso Doble was accepted as a Competition Dance.

Paso Doble Characteristics

  • Character: Pride and Dignity, Spanish, Flamenco flavoured
  • Movement: Spatial and Progressive, Cape movements, Circling and Marching
  • Timing: 2/4
  • Bars/min: 62 according the IDSF Rules
  • Accent: On the 1th beat of each bar a slight accent
  • Competition: 1,5 - 2 minutes
  • Rise and Fall: Elevations in some figures
  • Dynamics: Walks (Marching) are strong and direct

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Paso Doble Interpretation

In this dance the emphasis is on the body "Shaping" three dimensional shapes and a Flamenco flavoured usage of the Arms, Elbows, Wrist and Fingers. The feet actually the heels are used to create the right rhythmic interpretation. Characteristic are also the Spanish lines, Press Lines, Elevations, Chasse Capes and the Flamenco Taps.

Arm elevations are made with a quality toning backwards to the direction they came from.

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Couples to Observe

I have found my personal favourites:
  • Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather
  • Louis van Amstel and Julie Fryer

Paso Doble Music

The CD's that flow into my mind when writing this page are the following:
  • "Espana Cani" (Received from Peter Suba)
  • " Spanish Gipsy Dance"