Bolero is a word that is used to designate more than just our beloved slow latino dance and music. If you do a google search for that word, and we are only talking about spanish and english websites (have no idea what would pop up in other parts of the world. We would be curious to know), you will get a wikipedia entry for the Latin music genre, which is what we dance, and then many other links to things/music/companies/films that don’t necesarily have anything to do with the Latino Rhythm Bolero, although they might have gotten their inspiration from that genre.
In a dictionary you can find these meanings:
- (n) music written in the rhythm of the bolero dance ( Funny enough, you wont find bolero dance defined in dictionaries 🙂 🙂 )
- (n) a short jacket; worn mostly by women (see below)
- (n) a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets (see below)
And somehow they left out the most common use all over Latinomarica and many other countries which is to designate one of the most beautiful music genres created.
So, we made a list of where we found this word used, so that you know what other meanings it has, to throw some light if anyone is confused or maybe to confuse you more 🙂
In the dance world:
- Bolero, Latinoamerican musical genre. This is what we dance to and is the genre that we are teaching and performing.
- In Ballroom: bolero is the name of one of the five rhythm competition dances in American style ballroom. But in ballroom they use beside Bolero music, Baladas and other rhythms that do not correspond necessarily to the Cuban/Latin-American bolero music and they dance their own steps and style to it.
- Bolero (as a spanish folkloric dance): a traditional spanish dance and music. It has different interpretations all over Spain. And has nothing to do with the Latin Bolero. See a sample.
- Bolero ranchero, bolero with mexican influence of ranchero music. Some musicians in different countries started experimenting mixing the traditional Bolero with other music styles, creating several bolero sub-genres like this Bolero ranchero, Bolero-mambo, Bolero-son, Bolero-cha.
Music songs or compositions that contain the word Bolero, but that again may not have anything to do with the Cuban/Latin Bolero. Yes, don’t get confused!!! 🙂 These are not the origins of the Cuban/Latin Bolero.
- A famous musical piece created by Maurice Ravel.
- Bolero, a piano piece by Chopin, composed in 1833, published in 1834. By this time Chopin had not been to Spain or Latinamerica and did not have a profound knowledge of hispanic rhythms, so maybe he liked the name or got the inspiration by someone else, who knows… Hear this one piece played by a 12 year old girl. Amazing!
- “Bolero Español”: a piece composed by Ernesto Lecuona. He is a famous cuban pianist & composer that did write many cuban Boleros.
The Automobile Industry:
Yes! They seem to like this name, so some car makers use it!
- Seat Bolero: since Cristina is from spain we had to add this, which is the 1998 concept car of the spanish brand SEAT. For english speakers do not pronounce as the word seat as in seat down, but pronounce that “E” as in beard, so “SE” + ” AT”
- Bolero Mahindra:
- El bolero de Raquel, a mexican comedy film with Cantinflas
- Bolero: a movie with Bo Derek
This is part of the definitions encountered in dictionaries,… interesting…
- Bolero, a short jacket, and that is actually also what the search engines find the most if you search for the word bolero 🙂
Any other use of the word bolero you can think off ??? Any interesting information related to our post you want to share??? Please share it below!! We love to hear from you!!
Enjoy and listen to a good song today!