Bachata Beginner ll

Welcome to the Bachata Beginner ll class. This class takes place every Thursday from 18:00 - 198:50. If you are finished with the Bachata l class then you are welcome to join the level ll class where we will cover more advanced shines & patterns for dancing Bachata.

 

The Dominican Bachata dance style is widely considered to be the original style of Bachata, originating from the Dominican Republic where the music also was born. The early slow style in the fifties from where everything started was danced only closed, like the slower Bolero. The Bachata Basic Steps moving within a small square (side, side, forward and side, side, back) are also inspired from the Bolero but danced slightly different in Bachata and danced with syncopations (steps in between the beats) depending on the dancer's mood and the character of the music. The hand placement will vary with the dancers position which can be very close to semi-close to open.

The Dominican style is today danced all over the Caribbean, now also faster in accordance to faster music, adding more footwork, turns/figures and rhythmic free style moves and with alternate between close (romantic) and open position (more playful adding footwork, turns/figures, rhythmic torso etc.). This style is danced with soft hip movements and a tap with a small "pop" with the hip on the 4th beat (1, 2, 3, Tap/Hip). Can be danced with or without bounce (moving the body down on the beats and up again in between the beats by springs the legs a little). Dominican Bachata is created by the people over many years (from around late fifties) for social dancing and is still evolving.