History and Style
Bachata is a dance genre that has its origins in the Dominican Republic. In its beginnings, it was called “guitar bolero”, as it is considered a genre derived from the rhythmic bolero with a mixture of Cuban son and merengue.
During the sixties and seventies it was considered the music of the poorer classes (bachata emerged in the bars and brothels of Santo Domingo). It was known as “bitter” music, since it referred to states of melancholy caused by heartbreak, nostalgia and daily sorrows.
As a social dance, it is one of the most popular Latin rhythms, very sensual, very rhythmic and very romantic in 4/4 time. The first three steps are danced taking advantage of the first three beats and the fourth beat is a half tip of the foot and a hip move, like a shot. Here is the strongest beat, sometimes accentuated by the sound of the bongo. We must highlight the hip movement that without it (especially the girl) it does not seem that we are dancing Bachata. This movement should be natural and without pauses. When you have achieved more practice, you can perform hip undulations, in the manner of eights. It admits figures of other Latin dances, adapted to the rhythm of bachata. But always season this rhythm with a lot of sensuality and a lot of passion.
✔ In our 60 minutes class, you will learn essential lead & follow techniques and be introduced to beginner turns and combinations that will build a good foundation for you as a dancer, but also fun moves you can use on the dance floor right away!
✔ We work with a rotation system, which means that you do not need to bring a partner to learn any of the dances as we frequently rotate partners during classes.
✔ You will learn progressively all the social dancing skills necessary to feel comfortable on the dance floor!
✔ Students will start at the beginner level, advancing to the next level once they are evaluated by an instructor.
From 0-12 lessons
This level is aimed towards complete beginner students who will learn to dance the basic step, rhythm, and timing. You get an introduction to Bachata basic steps and simple partner work. It’s a lot of FUN!
From 12 lessons or more
This Level is aimed towards students who have already learned the basic steps as complete beginner students, being a continuation of the beginners level. The focus is mainly on partner work and footwork.
From 6 months
This level is aimed at those that feel very comfortable with the basic syllabus and are ready to learn more challenging footwork and partner work patterns.
From 1 year
This level is aimed at those that have over a year in constant learning process and want to learn advanced Techniques.