ARROGANCE & PASSIONATE
Paso Doble is Spanish for ‘two step’ and the steps in question are the male dancer’s bold, march-like movements, modeled on the proud, strutting of a matador striding into a bullring. The lady’s role is subsidiary, though colourfull and exciting one :she poses as his cape.
Despite its Hispanic flavor, and the Flamenco nfluences that some performers bring to it, the dance actually evolved in France, in the years between the two world wars.
Its inherent drama and passion, and the opportunities it provides for posing and display, have made it a particular favourite in Latin dance competitions. It is, however rather less common in purely social circles. The moment the Paso Doble is mentioned to dance enthusiasts, it immediately sparks a general impression of Spain: blue sky, white houses, Gypsy and Flemenco dancing, and, unavoidably, bull fighting. Spain is actually the meeting point between Africa and Europe where Flemenco dancing and bull fighting form an integral part of the culture
“Paso” in Spanish means “Step”, whereas the word “Doble” means “Double”. So Paso Doble in English means “Two-Step”.
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 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.
The dance consists of several dramatic poses that are coordianted with highlights in the music. The body is held upright with the feet always directly underneath the body.
Traditionally, the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight. The dancers may choose to enact the role of the torero, picador, banderillero, bull, or Spanish dancer, and may change roles throughout the dance. Based on Flamenco dancing, the Paso Doble is both arrogant and passionate.