There is some
controversy as to the earliest appearance of the Bolero. Some
historians trace it back to Spain and others trace it back to
France. It appears to have been danced as a Spanish folk dance
during the 19th century, to 3/4 time music.
Bolero is danced to a much slower tempo than either of the other two
Rumbas. It is a little softer and flowing, with the use of a Rise &
Fall action and a more subtle hip movement. There are two different
schools of thought. One uses more rise and fall, the other uses
more contra body movement. A combination of the two may also be
danced. A lot is determined by the music and the rhythmical
expression of the dancers themselves.
like the Rumba, is considered one of the Cuban courtship dances.
The sensual, flirtatious play can be quite intoxicating. The Bolero
is the dance of love.