The Paso Doble is a lively, theatrical Spanish dance modeled after the drama of the Spanish bullfight. (Paso Doble literal meaning in Spanish: double-step). Traditionally, the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight.
It actually originated in southern France, but is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight. Based on Flamenco dancing, the Paso Doble is both arrogant and passionate and is performed often as a competition dance.
Paso Doble is danced to a typical Spanish march-like musical style. It is the type of music typically played in bullfights during the bullfighters’ entrance to the ring (paseo) or during the passes just before the kill.
Famous bullfighters have been honored with pasodoble tunes named after them. Others are inspired in patriotic motives or local characters.