Free bachata lessons & introduction!The bachata is sometimes referred to as the "blues music of the Dominican Republic." The Dance Store sells a great instructional video on Bachata.
Bachata Learning Area
The MovesBachata music has four beats per measure. Three steps are taken to four beats of music. As with salsa, the step timing is three steps and then a one-beat pause.
The basic footwork pattern is three steps in one direction (side-close-side) and then a hip motion. Repeat going in the other direction. Some people call out the timing as "one, two, three, touch; one, two, three, touch." Some teachers call out the timing as, "one, two, three, lift; one, two, three, lift," while others call out the timing as, "one, two, three, bump; one, two, three, bump." The basic step is easy. As with all Latin dances, the hard part is getting the body action. Without the hip and body action, you are not dancing the bachata. Bend your knees and practice that hip bump!
The MusicThe tempo is slow, typically 120 beats per minute. In some songs, the guitar melody is sad; in other songs merry.
Click on the link below for helpful examples of both Bachata songs and CD's which feature Bachata music.
HistoryBachata music was born in the Dominican Republic, borrowing from the Cuban Bolero.
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Tips & InfoHere are some "universal tips" for learning how to dance a partner dance such as foxtrot, swing, or waltz.
At this point, your brain is "freed up" to allow learning steps and patterns because you no longer have to concentrate on timing and step counting.
Many folks get frustrated if they can't dance competently immediately. Certainly individuals vary in dance aptitude, but all dancers must go through the awkward stages before they get to the polished stage.