Bolero was originally a Spanish dance with Moroccan roots. Bolero is often called the “Cuban Dance of Love” and is thought to have similar origins to Rumba. Bolero is believed to have evolved from Afro-Cuban and Spanish folk dances such as the Danzon, Beguine and Fandango. Arriving in the US in the mid 1930’s, it was danced in its traditional form to a constant beat of drums. Contemporary Bolero music is slow and dreamy, usually with Spanish vocals and soft percussion.
Bolero is a slow dance characterized by smooth, gliding movement, dramatic arm styling and a romantic feel. Bolero is a mixture of three dances: Tango (contra body movement); Waltz (rise and fall) and Rumba (Cuban motion and slow Latin music).