The Merengue was introduced in the United States in the New York area. However, it did not become well known until several years later. Ideally suited to the small, crowded dance floors, it is a dance that is easy to learn and essentially a “fun” dance.
Merengue music tempos vary a great deal and the Dominicans enjoy a sharp quickening of pace towards the latter part of the dance. The most favoured routine at the clubs and restaurants that run a dance floor is a slow Bolero, breaking into a Merengue, which becomes akin to a bright, fast Jive in its closing stages. The ballroom Merengue is slower and has a modified hip action.
History of Merengue
Merengue Dance History. The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbour sharing the island. There are two popular versions of the of the origin of the Dominican national dance, the Merengue.