The Paso Doble (or pasodoble), dates back many centuries ago and was originally used as a victory dance by matadors in the bullfight arena. The music fit so well with the dance that the villagers would dance excitedly to the lively music for hours on end.

Americans first saw the Paso Doble when flamenco dancers used this music while dancing the role of a bullfighter. It has been a popular dance (in its ballroom version) since the 1930s. The ballroom version of this dance portrays the gentleman as the bullfighter and the lady as his cape. There are times when a very strong aggressive action in certain movements is present to suggest the actions of the bull.

The Paso Doble is characterized by sharp movements and moves around the floor. To acquire the proper feeling, one may find it helpful to visualize the pageantry of the matadors, as they make their grand entry into the bull ring and feel the attitude that they portray during the fight.