The music in my trailer for Hot Spanish Nights is Espana Cani (The Gypsy Dance). A spectacular dance, the Paso Doble, is often performed to this song.
The translation of Paso Doble is “Two Step”, not to be confused with “Paso a Dos” (Dance for Two). The name refers to the marching nature of the dance, counted one, two for Left, Right. Paso Doble is also known as the “Spanish One Step” because only one step is taken to each beat of music. The tempo of Paso Doble music is usually a brisk 60 beats per minute.
- Sur Place (on the spot)
- Open Promenade to Open Counter Promenade
- Spanish Line
- Promenade Close
- Flamenco Taps
The Paso Doble portrays a bullfight to march-like music used for the procession at the beginning of the corrida. The music is played during the bullfighters’ entrance (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. The man is bullfighter and the lady is his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight.
The dancers take dramatic steps forward on the heels, adding artistic hand movements. The forward steps, or walks, are strong and proud. The Torero (male dancer) should incorporate apel, a move in which he stamps his foot, much like a matador strikes the ground in order to capture the bull’s attention of the bull. All dance moves should be sharp and quick, with the chest and head held high to represent arogance and dignity.