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Pasodoble (literal meaning in Spanish: double-step) is a typical Spanish march-like musical style as well as the corresponding dance style danced by a couple. It is the type of music typically played in bullfights during the bullfighters' entrance to the ring (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. It corresponds to the Pasodoble dance (traditional and ballroom).

Paso Doble or pasodoble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like pasodoble music. It actually originated in southern France [1], but is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight. Paso doble means "double step" in Spanish.

Famous bullfighters have been honored with pasodoble tunes named after them. Others are inspired in patriotic motives or local characters..



Famous pasodobles

Paso doble on ice! Luca Lanotte & Anna Cappellini
  • Amparito Roca
  • El Beso
  • El Gato Montés ("Wild Cat") from the opera with the same name
  • El Relicario
  • España Cañí ("Gipsy Spain")
  • Islas Canarias named after Canary Islands.
  • La Gracia de Dios[1]
  • Manizales del Alma
  • Manolete, named after Manolete.
  • La Morena de mi Copla
  • Paquito el Chocolatero. The tune has a dance of its own.
  • Sombreros et Mantilles
  • Suspiros de España
  • Que Viva España
  • Valencia



Pasodoble is based on music played at bullfights during the bullfighters' entrance (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. The leader of this dance plays the part of the matador. The follower generally plays the part of the matador's cape, but can also represent the bull or a flamenco dancer in some figures. Its origin dates back to a French military march with the name ”Paso Redoble“. This was a fast paced march and that is why this is a fast paced Latin American dance which was modeled after the Spanish bull fight. Bull fights were very famous around this time.


World Champions Bryan Watson (dancer) and Carmen Vincelj dance the paso doble

Paso Doble, like Samba, is a progressive International Latin dance. The Paso Doble is the Latin dance most resembling the International Standard style, in that forward steps are taken with the heel lead, the frame is wider and more strictly kept up, and there is significantly different and less hip movement.

A significant number of Paso Doble songs are variants of España Cañi. The song has breaks in fixed positions in the song (two breaks at syllabus levels, three breaks and a longer song at Open levels). Traditionally Paso Doble routines are choreographed to match these breaks, as well as the musical phrases. Accordingly, most other ballroom Paso Doble tunes are written with similar breaks (those without are simply avoided in most competitions).

Because of its inherently choreographed tradition, ballroom Paso Doble for the most part danced only competitively, almost never socially — or at least not without sticking to some sort of previously-learned routine. This said, in Spain, France, Vietnam, Colombia and some parts of Germany to the west of the river Rhine, it is danced socially as a lead (not choreographed) dance.


  1. ^ Berenguer Gonzalez, Ramón T. "La Gracia de Dios" Pasodoble Mp3·Authorized Version

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