THE AMERICAS: Knee-Dip Dance

At Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel one afternoon this week, nearly 1,000 managers and teachers from all over the far-flung Arthur Murray dancing-studio empire gathered to learn a new dance that, vaguely resembles a rumba done in quick time by partners with one game leg apiece. The dance was the merengue, long popular in the Dominican Republic and now a lively candidate for popularity on U.S. dance floors. The merengue (pronounced meh-rew-geh) has already caught on at Manhattan's mambo-mad Palladium, and has begun to spread to less hectic New York dance spots. Says Danceman Murray, currently spending two hours a day...

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