According to Ramiro Burr, merengue actually comes from acoustic groups. During the 20th century, merengue’s original lead instrument was the guitar. By the 1940s and 1950s it was performedwith accordions. Merengue típico originated in the rural Northern Valley region around the city of Santiago, resulting in the name merengue Cibao. Merengue típico emphasizes traditional songs dating back as far as the last century. Its performance context and practices differ in their emphasis on a close personal relationship between audiences and performers, which is why the genre of merengue típico is more complex than one familiar of merengue.
All dances have tremendous health benefits. Latin dances, however, especially the slow-and-quick-paced Merengue are especially beneficial for the body.
Heart Healthy! While this dance is less intense than other Latin options, the Merengue gets your heart beating fast and then allows it to slow down. It’s the perfect cardio for those who hate the gym!
Lose Weight! True, there are small steps in Merengue but lots of small movements add up to a big calorie burner! Even at the slower pace, Merengue dancers report the pounds melting off with continued dancing!
Bone Strength! For those who have joint pain and osteoporosis, small movements are best. Merengue keeps you moving without wearing out your bones even further. Since you aren’t jumping around, you only experience mild to moderate impact on the joints, making Merengue a favorite dance option for all ages.
With some Latin dances, Tango for example, it’s easy to get caught up with your partner and pretend like the dance floor is yours alone. Merengue, however, is quite a social dance. You’ll meet plenty of new people who are looking to get all the great health benefits out of the fantastic dance.