The Merengue has established itself as one of the most popular street latin dances. It has come from the dominican republic in the caribbean, which has become a favourite holiday destination in recent years. The mood of the meringue reflects the holiday atmosphere and, since the rhythm and steps could not be simpler, demand for it in latin clubs and dance schools continues to grow. Well established dance schools like ‘rythemics school of dance’ uses this dance to help develop students hip action. The music of the merengue is lively and is popular even with people who do not dance it.
The merengue beat is a strong one-two rhythm, which is interpreted as two dance steps using the characteristic pumping action and there is no deviation from this simple rhythm so the steps themselves are very easy, an advantage which has resulted in many people being able to get up and just dance the merengue without any formal tuition.