What is the Bachata?
A dance from the Dominican Republic, which has evolved as a box step to a side-by-side step dance. The Bachata has distinct music and a unique hip ‘pop’ on the 4. The Bachata hold can be close and intimate, reflecting is romantic tone. But the intimacy of the hold can vary throughout one dance dictated by the leads ‘push and pull’. Bachata is now loved throughout the world and you can find many variations including Bachatango and Urban Bachata.
Rhythm: 1, 2, 3, &4, while moving your hips in an 8 pattern.
Bachata music can be referred to as Latin blues and usually tells the tale of sadness. It is in 4/4 time and has a tempo of 30bpm.
History of the Bachata
Although it originated in the Dominican Republic well before 1961, it was repressed from the public by government because of its vulgarity. However, it was kept alive before the 1960s in bars, brothels and poorer communities, hence its sexual undertones and intimate holds. It is also a dance that expresses sadness, betrayal and pain from lost love. The Bachata has evolved and now borrows steps from Tango, Salsa, Hip Hop and Bolero.