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The History of Merengue: From the Dominican Republic to the World

Updated: Apr 19

Merengue is a dance style that's beloved by people all over the world for its infectious rhythm and lively energy. But where did this dance style come from, and how did it become such an important part of Dominican culture?

Merengue originated in the Dominican Republic, where it has long been a staple of the nation's cultural landscape. The dance's precise origin is unknown, however it is thought to have developed from a fusion of African and European influences.

Early in the 20th century, when it was played at political rallies and other occasions in the Dominican Republic, the dance form first became well-known. It didn't take long for Merengue to take root throughout the nation and abroad as a sign of pride and identity.

Today, Merengue is enjoyed by people all over the world, and it's even been recognized by UNESCO as an important part of intangible cultural heritage. The dance style has evolved over the years, with new styles and variations popping up all the time.

At Salsa Dance LA, we offer private Merengue lessons for dancers of all levels. Our expert instructors will guide you through the history and fundamentals of the dance, helping you to understand and appreciate this vibrant and unique dance style.

Whether you're looking to improve your skills or just want to learn more about the history of Merengue, our private lessons are the perfect way to dive deeper into this beloved dance style. So come dance with us at Salsa Dance LA and discover the joy and energy of Merengue for yourself.

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