Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic in the lat 1950's. It is danced as a three step ending in a tap on the 4th beat with Cuban hip motions and using different dance positions. Originally it was similar to a Bolero with slow music and mostly closed position but eventually it expanded to faster music and many different dance positions. Although it does not use as many fast turns as Salsa, it does has a large number of movements and can be done smooth or with a slight hop. The music is often lively, light Caribbean style music with a distinctive beat. Many night clubs that offer a Salsa night include Bachata music in their playlists. Bachata is not as widely offered in dance studios as other genres of dance but most that offer Salsa and Merengue also offer Bachata. We frequently offer Bachata as part of our nightclub Latin dance program.
Pattie Wells' Dancetime studio offers bachata courses frequently as part of our Latin dance program. We rotate from offering a beginning bachata dance class to a "Basics & Beyond Bachata" dance class. We also introduce the basic step for bachata in our Salsa & Merengue 101 dace class. We also offer a FREE bachata workshop periodically preceding our 4th Saturday Latin, Salsa, Ballroom & Blues dance party. Our bachata instructors focus on the fundamental core elements that work best with the fabuous Caribbean style music for bachata. In nightclubs the bachata is sometimes danced in a very tight closed position and is a very sensual dance genre. We focus on the dance movements, techniques of lead/follow, musicality and appreciation of the dance genre in a safe, comfortable environment.