Paso Doble, or Pasodoble, is a lively dance modeled after the drama of the Spanish bullfight. Paso doble actually means "two-step."

Paso Doble is a theatrical Spanish dance. Traditionally, the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight. The dancers may choose to enact the role of the torero, picador , bull, or Spanish dancer, and may change roles throughout the dance. Based on Flamenco dancing, Paso Doble is both arrogant and passionate. Paso Doble is performed more as a competition dance than as a social dance.


Paso Doble originated in southern France and began gaining popularity in the United States in the 1930s. Because the dance developed in France, the steps of the Spanish Paso Doble actually have French names.


One of the most dramatic of all the Latin dances, Paso Doble is a progressive dance. In Paso Doble, dancers take strong steps forward with the heels, and incorporate artistic hand movements.