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Energetic, unique and danced with playful intensity, the Merengue is also somewhat mysterious! Even though it is considered to be the national dance of the Dominican Republic, the origins of the Merengue are shrouded in folklore! Though it seems to have simply appeared in the world of partner dance, several popular stories have been passed down for centuries that try to explain just how this dance came to be.
The first story has a somber origin, alleging that the dance originated with slaves who were chained together. Out of necessity, the slaves were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums, eventually developing into the basic movement of the dance.
Another story suggests that a great hero was wounded in the leg during one of the many revolutions in the Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcomed him home with a victory celebration and, out of sympathy, everyone dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot.