Its simple small steps and characteristic hip swing, complete with graceful arm flourishes make this dance easy to learn and perfect for fast Latin music. The merengue is a popular dance of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. There is an old tale about a famous military General Maringie who was wounded in battle and developed a limp. He got up to dance at a celebration in his honor, and danced dragging his injured leg. All the other men present, rather than embarrass him, danced in a similar way and thus was born the Merengue. Or it might simply have started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African slaves. Music is in 2/4 time, with 55 to 60 beats to the bar.