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Festeros parading Pasodoble as a military march
Pasodoble on ice: Luca Lanotte & Anna Cappellini
Poster for a bull fight in Barcelona

Pasodoble (Spanish: double step) is a dance with a binary rhythm and moderated movement, probably based on typical Spanish dances of the 16th century. During the 18th century, it was incorporated to comedies and was adopted as a regulatory step for the Spanish infantry, with a special feature that makes the troops take the regular step: 120 steps per minute. The music was introduced in bullfights during the 19th century. It is played 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).

Paso Doble 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. The traditional version as couple's dance originated in France and was then adopted in Spain and Portugal. Its original form as a Spanish military march is still interpreted nowadays in the context of the Moor and Christian festivals, in the southeast region of Spain, is the major focus of current pasodoble productions.

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

Famous Spanish pasodobles[edit]

Mexican pasodobles[edit]

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.



El pasodoble Amparito Roca interpretado por la Banda de Zestoa en las fiestas de 2010
Amparito Roca being played by a wind band

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 flamenco dancer in some figures. The follower never represents the bull, although it is commonly thought this way. Its origin dates back to a French military march with the name "Paso Redoble." This was a fast-paced match, which is why this is a fast-paced Latin American dance modeled after the Spanish bullfight. Bullfighting was well known around this time.


A significant number of pasodoble songs are variations of España Cañi. The song has breaks or "highlights" in fixed positions in the song (two highlights at syllabus levels,[clarification needed] three highlights and a longer song at Open levels). Highlights emphasize music and are more powerful sounding than other parts of the music, usually, dancers have decoration trick and then the position that is to be held to the end of the highlight. Traditionally pasodoble routines are choreographed to match these highlights, as well as the musical phrases. Accordingly, most other ballroom pasodoble tunes are written with similar highlights (those without are simply avoided in most competitions).

Because of its inherently choreographed tradition, ballroom pasodoble for the most part is danced only competitively, almost never socially, or without previously learned routine. This said, in Spain, France, Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica and some parts of Germany it is danced socially as a lead (not choreographed) dance. In Venezuela, pasodoble is almost a must-have dance in weddings and big parties, being especially famous by the song "Guitarra Española" by Los Melódicos.

This dance is modeled after the Spanish bullfighting. The name means Two-Steps and this is due to the marching nature of the steps. This dance can involve role playing. The two-people dancing are considered: the man is the bullfighter, and the woman is the cape. This dance is based on the Flamenco dancing. History: This dance originated from France, and it gained popularity in the US in 1930. The steps usually have French names, because of its origins. In France, it is called “Paso Redoble”. The dances meaning is the bullfighter vs. the bull. Paso Doble takes up a lot of space. It is performed at things such as exhibitions, competitions, and performances. The reason it did not catch on in America is because it is not a dance you can easily learn. All moves of the dance are to be done sharp, and quickly. Paso Doble is to be considered as one of the most dramatic Latin dances.

In competitive dance, modern pasodoble is combined with other four dances (samba, cha-cha-cha, rumba and jive) under the banner International Latin. 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.[2] Dancers of lower than D-class usually perform only four official dances of Latin-American Program.

Pasedoble Galaball2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Berenguer Gonzalez, Ramón T. "La Gracia de Dios" Pasodoble Mp3·Authorized Version
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