The national dance of the Dominican Republic. It is named after meringue, because both are light and frothy. There are two popular stories about the of the origin of the Merengue. One story claims the dance originated with slaves who were chained together and, of necessity, were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums. The second story alleges that a great hero was wounded in the leg during one of the many revolutions in the Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcomed him home with a victory celebration and, out of sympathy, everyone dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot.

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