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Paso doble

This article is about Paso Doble, the type of dance. For the German NDW band, see Paso Doble (band). For the song by Ringo Starr, "Pasodobles", see Liverpool 8.

Paso Doble, or pasodoble, (literal meaning in Spanish: double-step) is a traditional couple's dance from Spain. It is danced to the type of music typically played in bullfights during the bullfighters' entrance to the ring (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. It corresponds to the Pasodoble dance (traditional and ballroom).

PasoDoble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like pasodoble music. It is modelled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight.

Famous bullfighters have been honoured with pasodoble tunes named after them. Other tunes have been inspired by patriotic motifs or local characters.

Famous Spanish pasodobles

  • Amparito Roca
  • El Beso
  • El gato montés ("Wild Cat") from the opera with the same name
  • El Relicario
  • España Cañí ("Gypsy Spain")
  • Islas Canarias named after Canary Islands.
  • La Gracia de Dios[1]
  • Feria de Manizales (unofficial hymn of the Colombian city, Manizales)
  • Manolete, named after Manolete.
  • La Morena de mi Copla
  • Plaza de las Ventas
  • Paquito el Chocolatero. The tune has a dance of its own.
  • Sombreros y Mantilles
  • Suspiros de España
  • Que Viva España
  • Valencia
  • La Virgen de la Macarena

Mexican pasodobles

El Piti, El Charro Cárdenas, El 11-81, San Antonio de Triana, Fermincito, Lorenzo Garza, El abuelito, El banderillero, María Caballé, El Berrendito de San Juan, Tarde de toros, Por tapatías, Toros en San Miguel, Rodolfo Gaona, Joselito Huerta, Toros de Llaguno, La Macarenita.

By Agustín Lara: Silverio Pérez, El Novillero, Fermín.



Pasodoble is based on music played at bullfights during the bullfighters' entrance (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. The leader of this dance plays the part of the matador. The follower generally plays the part of the matador's cape, but can also represent the shadow of the matador, as well as the bull or a flamenco dancer in some figures. Its origin dates back to a French military march with the name “Paso Redoble.” This was a fast paced march, which is why this is a fast-paced Latin American dance modeled after the Spanish bull fight. Bull fighting was well-known around this time.


A significant number of Paso Doble songs are variants of España Cañi. The song has breaks in fixed positions in the song (two breaks at syllabus levels, three breaks and a longer song at Open levels). Traditionally Paso Doble routines are choreographed to match these breaks, as well as the musical phrases. Accordingly, most other ballroom Paso Doble tunes are written with similar breaks (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 at least not without sticking to some sort of previously learned routine. This said, in Spain, France, Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica and some parts of Germany to the west of the river Rhine, it is danced socially as a lead (not choreographed) dance. In Venezuela, Paso Doble is a must in almost every wedding or big party, being especially famous the song Guitarra Española by Los Melódicos.

Modern pasodoble dance can be combined with other main four dances of Latin-American program: Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Jive, especially during final performances of ballroom[2] dance champions. Modern pasodoble dance 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 class C, B, A, according to the IDSF classification.[3] Dancers of lower than D-class usually perform only four official dances of Latin-American Program.

See also


External links

  • Amparito Roca Video
  • Maestro Manuel Lillo 'Plaza de las Ventas' Score

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