The festive Merengue first originated in the Dominican Republic and has become the nation’s official dance. This unique dance, it has been said, started when a returning war hero named General Maringie, danced dragging an injured leg. Out of courtesy, the public imitaded him. As a result, the dance is mostly comprised of walking steps and side steps, making it both fun and simple for anyone to do. While the movements are relatively uncomplicated, it becomes a rhythmical and exciting dance once leg and hip action are developed. Merengue also incorporates turns and pretzel-like moves which make it entertaining and interesting. The intoxicated music makes Merengue impossible to resist, inspiring every listener to get up and move.