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2001 - Paso Doble Fire with Strictly Ballroom Film -DVD version
Paso Doble Dance History origin Title

            Spanish bullfighting goes all the way back to Crete, and could have Greek and/or Syrian origins but is reported to not have come to Spain till the 1700's. France had an infantry march named "Pas redoublé" around 1790 and thus comes from this March. The name Paso Doble (pass-o-dough-blay) is a Spanish folk dance which means "Two Steps" and is done to 2/4 time Spanish March music which was originally used for the procession at the beginning of corridas. Andalusians were extremely fond of this music during the 18th century.

    Sometimes referred to as the Spanish One-step. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight. The "Paso" as it is affectionately known is a dance of the Bullfight which portrays the leader (Toreador) represents the bullfighter, while the follower symbolizes the bull. The Paso Doble dance became quite popular during the 1920s and later became the rage in Paris with the upper classes around the 1930's (which explains the many French terms used in the dance).

    The dance is a very fast paced, masculine Theatrical Ballroom type couples dance in nature with many dramatic poses, Leaps, Stomps and much attitude. The male performer often stamps his feet as a toreador would to attract a bull's attention. Meanwhile, the woman often wears a long, flowing skirt to symbolize the bullfighter's cape. The dance was created to mimic the movements of the Toreador and the Bullfight. It has roots in the Spanish Paso Doble dancersFlamenco dances as well. It is really not a social dance as much as a competition of exhibition dance. The Paso Doble flamenco is the same but uses castanets and is not done in the ballroom.

    Wikipedia states that: "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" (end wikipedia.)

    The Song 'España Cañi' (the Spanish Gypsy Dance) is the traditional Paso Doble song used for this dance, and traditionally Paso Doble routines are choreographed to match the breaks, as well as the musical phrases of the song 'España Cañi' or it's imitators (those without are USUALLY avoided in most competitions).... click here to listen or purchase a copy.

 

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

France 1900s n/a Ballroom Military March
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

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Music Titles

n/a Pas redoublé (1790) Video Clip not available at this time Cántame un Pasodoble Español
            Video Clip not available at this time El Gato Montes [MP3]
            Video Clip not available at this time En el mundo-El Sombrero
           
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España Cañi [MP3] (Spanish Gypsy Dance)
            Video Clip not available at this time Hasta La Vista
            Video Clip not available at this time Islas Canarias
            Video Clip not available at this time La Corrida Song (1963)
           
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MALAGUEÑA (Eduardo Gadea)

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Paso Compilations

Video Clip not available at this time Matador Paso
$ License Plate Frame (My Favorite dance is PD) España Cañi [CD] by Banda Taurina Video Clip not available at this time Ole España
$ Infant Onesie Infant Bodysuit (W/ PD) Fantasía del Pasodoble, Vol.5 [CD] Video Clip not available at this time Olé, Torero!
      Pasodobles [CD]
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Paso Doble (Andre Rieu)
       
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Paso Doble (Odeon Tanz Orch) 1939
        Video Clip not available at this time Paso Doble Brazil
       
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Pasodoble en Tago (the Castilians)
            Video Clip not available at this time Paso Royale
            Video Clip not available at this time Scott & Fran's Paso Doble [MP3]
            Video Clip not available at this time Spanish Flamenco Matadors
            Video Clip not available at this time Spanish Gypsy Dance
           
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Taurino
            Video Clip not available at this time Toreadors [MP3]
            Video Clip not available at this time Una Paloma Blanca
            Video Clip not available at this time Yo Quiero Ser Matador
 

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n/a n/a Europe
            France
            Germany
            Spain
            U.S.A.
 
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Films / Movies

Television

Ballets / Stage

Video Clip not available at this time 1984 - Paso Doble n/a n/a
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1993 - Strictly Ballroom [DVD]        
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Mask of Zorro (Banderas)        
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Publications

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Other Related Dances of the time...

Bolero La Conga Mombolero Paso Doble Flamenco Two Step
Cha-Cha Latin Pachanga Rumba Waltz
Flamenco Marches Passacaglia Salsa/Mambo  
Folk Merengue Paso a Dos Spanish  
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Dorothea Duryea n/a n/a
Senhor Leal    
     
     
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
Latin & American Dances Pierre ??? 1948 London
Paso Doble Giuseppe Culicchia 2000 Rivages
$ Latin American Paso Doble I.S.T.D. 1999 I.S.T.D.
       
 

Musicians

Bands

Singers

Poets / Writers

Billo's Caracas Boys Orchestra n/a Amália Rodrigues n/a
Los Xey     Antonio Amaya  
Eduardo Gadea     Conchita Piquer  
Odeon Tanz Orchestra     Imperio Argentina  
        Juanita Reina  
        Lola Flores  
        Margarita Sanchez  
        Pepe Ortiz  
        Ramon Calduch  
        Rosita Ferrer  
               
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Appel Bullfight Fregolina Sequidillas
Banderillas Corridas Matador Spanish Dance
Bolero Flamenco Paseo Toreador
 
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