The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic and to some extent Haiti, the neighbor sharing the island. There are tow popular versions of the origin of this dance. One story alleges the dance originated with slaves who were chained together and thereby forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums. The second story alleges that a great hero was wounded in the leg durning on e of the many revolutions of hte Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcome him home with a victory celebration and everyone, out of sympathy, dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot.




  • Basic Merengue (Basic 8 count patterns--on the two)
  • Basic Merengue (walk-walk-walk-walk-walk-walk-walk-walk)
  • Turning Merengue Basic in Closed Position
  • Followers Right Side Merengue Turn From Closed Position
  • Followers Right Side Merengue Turn with Leaders Belt Turn
  • Merengue Cuddle Turn for Followers
  • Merengue Exit from Cuddle Position 


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