While the man holds the female partner’s waist with his right hand and keeps his left hand at her eye level, the female carries out steps which compliment all of those being performed by the male.
For example, if the man moves his right foot back, forward or side right, the woman will move her left foot forward, back or side left.
Haitian women can work outside the home, but they are also responsible for taking care of the house and children. Haitian parents teach their young to protect the family structure and privacy, as well as unconditional respect for all their elders.
Most Haitian parents leave their children equal inheritances, not favoring sons over daughters.
The culture of the Dominican Republic is a result of an unlike mixture of influences.
Although it was originally performed as a circle dance, the Merengue is now choreographed to be performed as a partner dance and participants hold each other in a closed position while moving to the traditional two-step Merengue beat.
At the same time, children are expected to care for their parents and elders when they can no longer take care of themselves, both physically and financially.
In the traditional Haitian household, especially in the rural areas, the extended family lives together.
Located in the Caribbean, Haiti is an independent nation that shares the second largest island in the region with the Dominican Republic.
Ninety-five percent of Haitians are of African descent because the island was originally used as a port for the North American and South American slave trading industry.