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Paso Doble is a lively Spanish style of dance in duple meter that was developed in France. Paso doble means "two step" in Spanish. This dance is based on music played at bullfights during the bullfighters' entrance (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill.
Paso doble, like Samba, is a progressive International Latin dance. The paso doble is the Latin dance most like the Standard International style, in that forward steps are taking with a heal lead, the frame is wider and more strictly kept up, and there is significantly different and less hip movement.
Additionally, all paso doble songs are variants of Espaņa Caņi (Spanish Gypsy Dance), in the Spanish Gypsy Rhythm, which has breaks in fixed positions in the song (two breaks at syllabus levels, three breaks and a longer song at Open levels), and as a result many paso doble routines are choreographed. Because of this, paso doble is for the most part danced only competitively, almost never socially — or at least not without sticking to some sort of previously-learned routine.
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