Beginner Paso Doble

This routine is designed to be used for competition by dancers who have been learning to dance for less than a year, and are just being introduced to the most basic figures. Although the routines may seem simple, perhaps even to the point of being uninteresting, remember that a perfectly pronounced sentence in a foreign language is more impressive than a poorly spoken speech. It is the quality of the little things that matter, and if dancers perform these figures correctly with good posture and a smile, they are more likely to do well than if they were to attempt more difficult figures and complex routines.

In addition to standing straight and tall, dancers should make an effort to use their imaginations to portray the intensity of the bullfight (which Paso Doble is based off) in all their movements.

Figure Commencing Alignment Timing
Sur Place Facing Wall
Promenade Facing Wall
Chasse to Right Facing Centre
Separation Facing Centre
Separation Facing Centre
Attack Facing Centre
Chasse to Right Facing against LOD
Repeat from Promenade    

At a corner:

The Sur Place may turn slowly to face the desired alignment
2 The Chasse to Right may turn slowly to face the desired alignment

The purpose of the Sur Place and the Chasse to the right is to give the dancers time to relax between more complicated figures, but also to allow them to turn gradually to the correct alignment for the following figure, regardless of where in the room they may be. Use the final Chasse to Right to reach the correct alignment to repeat the routine. The Sur Place and Chasse to the Right may always be extended, taking an extra four or eight steps, according to the needs of the dancer.