How to learn to dance merengue

Merengue is a popular dance in Latin cultures. It originated in the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti. The different types of meringue vary according to the weather; Dominicans prefer an up-tempo version, while the most popular form in clubs and restaurants is typically slower. The salon meringue is also slower and has little hip movement. Meringue has a basic two-step pattern. However, hip movement in return may be difficult to learn.

Steps to follow:

  1. First, to dance well the meringue you should keep your partner in a waltz position and stop to one side. This is known as “passage of the Palisade”. Then rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. This is the so-called salon merengue in which couples do not separate.
  2. Make turns individually but never separate your partner’s hands. It is a figure merengue.
  3. Use the ” Cuban Movement,” which is how your body moves in all Latin dances. When one knee bends, the hips do the same. When you straighten the knee, the hip is pushed up and out, so the hips move up and down.
  4. Practice the movement from top to bottom by the action of the hips, standing in place, and then alternately bend and straighten the knees.
  5. These are some of the basic steps to start learning merengue. Practice until you can do it correctly!


Unknown or elderly couples often keep a respectable distance from each other, which requires new dance variants.