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The Pasodoble in Spain
14 April 2013 @ 01:23

      The Pasodoble or double step-up is a light march , used in military parades, adopted as a regulatory step two of Infantry, with a special feature that makes the troops can keep up regular: 120 steps per minute. The music that accompanies this march has duple and moderate movement was introduced in bullfighting. Also called the dance pasodoble running to the beat of the music.

      Apparently the pasodoble comes from tonadilla, that was a composition in the first half of the eighteenth century served as conclusion of appetizers and stage dances and then from the middle of the century, it was used as a musical interlude between acts of comedies.

      Today the major focus of pasodobles production focuses on the Spanish east, around the festival of Moors and Christians.

      It is known as the “Pasodoble” dance originated in Spain around 1533 and 1538. Used in various regions for the event, is also one of the few couple dances that continue unabated today, is present in many parties (popular festivals) and still part of the tradition of all the regions of Spain . "At the beginning of the century, it  was associated with “garroting”, a partner dance gypsy, quite alive and repetitive". It is also believed that this dance may have originated in France, where it was called pas-redouble, touched by military marching bands since 1780. Since this country was developing and spreading to other areas as a quick start regulating Infantry soldiers passing.

      The “Pasodoble” is a very simple dance, with figures very free, so it is quite easy to learn. The position of the pair is equal to that of all the ballroom dances, facing each other and with the bodies stuck slightly displaced to the left. Its basic rhythm is very simple: one step time and must remain at all times with the bodies in parallel and with the left hand and right of men and women, respectively, joined. The “Pasodoble” is part of the repertoire of Spanish bands and usually consists of introduction and two main parts, with a rate with influence from the Flamenco. As dance is like a one-step, it differs in the number of steps you take to the dance and in their respective names.

Clase de Pasodoble en "Sin ir mas lejos".Parte 4.Music from "La Campanera"("The woman bell ringer").


Diana Navarro - Campanera (Woman bell ringer)

      This is the lyrics of this song (this Pasodoble):

Por qué has pintao en tus ojeras, 
la flor de lirio real. 
Por qué te has puesto de cera, 
¡Ay campanera!, por qué será. 

Mira que to'el que no sabe, 
cuál es la llave de la verdad 
dice que no eres buena, 
y a la azucena te pudieran comparar. 

Dile que pare esa noria, 
que va roando, pregonando lo que quiere. 
Que por saberla tu historia, 
le están buscando cómo y cuándo donde hiere. 

¡Ay, campanera!, aunque la gente no quiera. 
Tú eres la mejor de las mujeres 
porque te hizo Dios, su pregonera. 

Por qué se para la gente, 
ná más la ven de pasar. 
Porque es alondra valiente, 
que alza la frente y echa a cantar. 

Dicen que si un perseguío, 
que anda escondío la viene a ver. 
Cuentan que amante espera 
la campanera con la ronda de las tres. 

Ya era corona de gloria, 
pa'aquel revuelo del desvelo por amores, 
cuando el rodar de la noria, 
tapó con velo to'aquel cielo de colores. 

¡Ay, campanera!, aunque la gente no quiera. 
Tú eres la mejor de las mujeres 
porque te hizo Dios, su pregonera. 

¡Ay, campanera!, desde el amante que espera, 
con la bendición de los altares, 
como manda Dios, su compañera.

      These are the most known pasodobles:

Bullfighting: “Suspiros de España”, “España cañçi”, “La Gracia de Dios”, “El Gato Montés”, “Tercio de Quites”, “Pan y toros”, “Cielo andaluz”, “La Morena de mi copla”, “Francisco Alegre”, “Amparito Roca”, “El Beso”, “Plaza de las Ventas”, “Xabia o Pepita Greus”.

Militaries: “Soldadito español”, “El Abanico”, “Los Nardos”, “Las Corsarias”, “San Marcial o Los Voluntarios”.

Popular: “La Entrada”, “Islas Canarias”, “En er Mundo”, “Costa Dorada”, “Brisas de Malaga”, “Valencia”, “Mi jaca”, “La Campanera”.

Band: “Paquito el chocolatero”, “Fiesta en Benidorm”, “Petrel Pasodoble”, “Alegría Agostense”, “Educandos de Benejúzar”, “Pepe Antón”.


      I hope that you have enjoyied yourself with this post.But…it should better if you came to Spain to dance any of our pasodobles.

Till soon, kind regards,


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