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The Bachata dance originated in the Dominican Republic in its association with Bachata music. It is very similar to the Cuban Bolero dance, and was popular during the 1960’s. Traditional Bachata or Dominican Bachata is musically upbeat and focuses on variations in the bass and guitar. Traditional or Domincan Bachata dancing therefore is also very musical and dancers can switch between dancing on the different instruments.
In the 1990's a new style of Bachata music emerged with less of a focus on the guitar and a more romantic and sensual undertone. With this came the emergence of an evolution of the Bachata dance known as Western or Modern Bachata. Modern Bachata is danced on the simple 4/4 timing and focuses on turn patterns and sensual body movement and isolations that are more in tune with the newer romantic form of the music.
We offer two variations at the 200 level for Bachata. Bachata 201 & 202 alternate with each session. Students who have completed 201 may either move on to the Level 3 series or take 202 (recommended) and vice versa.
We will build on the basics of Bachata but will place a greater focus on body movement and hip action. Students will learn more complicated turn patterns utilizing a new syncopated step as well as the delayed turn.
Modern Bachata 201 is focused on patterns including:
- Hammerlock Combinations
- Delayed Turns
Modern Bachata 202 is focused on body movement transitions:
- Natural Tops (Hook Turns)
- Cross Body Lead
- Hesitation steps (Both in closed hold and in open hold)