Time Signature: 4/4 timing.
Tempo: Between 96-104 BPM.
Music Style: Very slow usually Latin music, often love songs, but not limited to Latin only. Bolero sounds a lot like Rumba, only slower.
Character: The slowest of all our dances, Bolero is very Romantic, smooth and sensual. It rises and falls with grace and power requiring a lot of strength, balance and control. It is a hybrid of a dance most similar to Waltz and International Rumba. It is a Latin Rhythm dance with some of the aspects of a Latin Rhythm dance, BUT it also has aspects of the Smooth/Standard dances.
Where you can use it: Wherever very slow love songs are being played. If a Latin band is playing a slow song, often it’s a Bolero, but it also may be a Rumba. The trick to knowing which is which is in the tempo. If the song is VERY slow, it’s a Bolero, if it is medium-slow it’s a Rumba. As always, you will find all styles of music, including Bolero at ballroom dances.
(Want to know where you can go to dance around us (within 60 miles)? Check out our guide: "Places to Dance".)
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Tel: 707.761.5214 Hours: Monday-Thursday 6-10pm and by appointment