Bolero

by BLong206B

Learn to dance the modern latin Bolero with Instructional Videos

Learn the Latin Dance of Bolero. This is the modern "Ballroom" version seen in dance studios, competitions and occasionally in nightclubs. Previous dance experience is helpful but not required. We will start with the Basic step and give key pointers for Timing, Lead / Follow and Styling. Links will be provided for supplementary products.

Bolero, Shadow Pose Line

A shadow line from a Bolero routine
Bolero Dance Pose
Bolero Dance Pose

Bolero, Basic step

Bolero, Lesson 1, Basic Step

Bolero, Basic step

Bolero, Lesson 1, Basic Step

The Bolero is a mix of Waltz (Rise and Fall), Ballroom Tango (Contra-body twist), and Rumba (Latin Motion).

Not Long ago many studios reserved Bolero for Silver level students.  With today's society wired for quick learning, the patient and devoted student could even begin dancing from Online Videos.

 

Note: The couple is demonstrating in a close body hold.  It is recommended for beginners to open the dance hold, perhaps holding hands or elbows, in order to separate their body weight and balance from one another. The term for this is "practice hold".

Bolero, Undearm Pass

Bolero, Lesson 2, Underarm Pass

Bolero, Underarm Pass

Bolero, Lesson 2, Underarm Pass

Notice the open break prior to the Underarm Pass.  This creates space and can be a time to add arm styling to your dancing.

 

Note: Leaders open your right side to allow the Follower to move directly at you without collision. Keep close together for balance.

Bolero, Left Side Pass

Bolero, Lesson 3, Left Side Pass

Bolero, Left Side Pass

Bolero, Lesson 3, Left Side Pass

Similar to the Underarm Pass, in this case the Follower passes on the Leader's Left Side.  Notice that this does not involve going under the arm

 

Note: If you dance West Coast Swing, these movements may seem a bit familier.  Use Contra Body while maintaining the Bolero Rise and Fall, the Pass should have all the feelings of the Basic step.

Bolero Songs from my collection

Bolero Music for Practice and Performance
Como Han Pasado Los Años

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Remolino

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Romance

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Bolero, Open Break with Underarm Turn

Bolero, Lesson 4, Open Break with Underarm Turn

Bolero, Open Break with Underarm Turn

Bolero, Lesson 4, Open Break with Underarm Turn

Moving to an open position, the Follower executes a graceful turn.

 

Note: If you open the figure more the Lady can perform a "Sit Break", which is a lowered pose line.  Simultaneously the Gentleman can point his Left leg side while creating a lowered Lunge line with his Right leg.

Bolero, Crossover Breaks and Underarm Turn

Bolero, Lesson 5, Crossover Breaks and Underarm Turn

Bolero, Crossover Breaks and Underarm Turn

Bolero, Lesson 5, Crossover Breaks and Underarm Turn

Anyone know Ballroom Cha Cha?  this figure should look familiar.

 

Note: Hold the side step and execute the Crossover Breaks almost at the last second, the longer the delay before turning, the sharper the Breaks look.

Updated: 02/12/2013, BLong206B
 
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cmoneyspinner on 10/23/2013

I love ballroom dancing!

John DeFino on 02/20/2013

Thanks

Mira on 02/12/2013

I didn't know anything about this style of dancing you call modern bolero. It's inspiring!

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