The centuries-old dance, Paso Doble (or pasodoble), takes its origin as a dance that matadors used to dance for their victories in the bullfight area. The harmony from the music rhythm and the dance was such that the villagers would dance excitedly to the lively music for hours on end.
Americans discovered the Paso Doble during flamenco dancers performances when they were interpreting the role of a bullfighter. Since the 1930s, the dance remains popular in its ballroom version which portrays the gentleman as the bullfighter and the lady as his cape. During the performance, the actions of the bull are suggested along with some aggressive action in certain movements.
The main characteristics of Paso Doble’ dance are sharp movements and moves around the floor. To acquire the proper feeling, one may find it helpful to visualize the pageantry of the matadors, as they make their grand entry into the bull ring and feel the attitude that they portray during the fight.