What is Bachata?
Bachata is a popular musical genre and dance form originating in the Dominican Republic in the early 1960s. Before it became known as a musical genre, the word ‘bachata’ meant a street party, or an informal gathering where there was music, drinking and eating. The musicians who played at these bachatas were often local friends and neighbours of the host, who were ‘paid’ with food and drink and perhaps a little money. Because guitar-based music was often played at these gatherings, the guitar-based music recorded in the 1960s and 1970s by musicians of rural origins came to be known as bachata.
From its humble beginnings, Bachata has grown to become a popular style of music and dance worldwide, often played at Salsa clubs. In 2011, it entered mainstream music with the release of the song ‘Promise’, a collaboration between Bachata artist Romeo Santos, and RnB musician Usher.
Bachata dance is characterised by closeness between the two dancers and sensual body movement. It is also often fused with other styles of dance, such as Salsa, Tango and Ballroom.
What it looks like!
What will I learn in the class?
In our classes you will learn the basics of Bachata footwork and body movement, moving progressively to more intricate turn patterns and body movement. We will also teach you the skills to be great leaders and followers. To provide you with a personalised learning environment to achieve your dancing goals, enrolling in one of our courses also means you get access to supporting resources to help you progress your journey anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.
If you’re looking for a slower paced, more sensual dance style, Bachata is just the thing for you!
Find out more about your learning journey here.
Adam Taub, “What is ‘Bachata?’ What does ‘Bachata’ mean?”, Dominican Bachata blog. http://dominicanbachata. blogspot.com.au/2011/10 /what-is-bachata-what-does- bachata-mean.html (accessed: 6 October 2011).