The Bolero was introduced to a U.S. audience in the mid-1930's. At that time it was danced in its classical form, which was performed to a constant beat of drums.
It emerged from this classical form into what was called Son, with a faster and livelier tempo (later renamed as the Rumba). Spanish dancer Sebastian Cereza is credited with creating the dance in the year 1780; since then, the Bolero has remained a true source of expressing sensuous feelings. It truly is the “dance of love.”
The Bolero is one of the most expressive dances: the use of arms and hands, legs and feet, as well as facial expression, all contribute to its beauty.