Social dances – Bachata


Bachata dance

Bachata is a style of dancing that origins in the Dominican Republic. It is popular all over the world but in different parts of the world it is danced differently.

The original dance style is from the Dominican Republic in the. Dancers in the Western World later began developing a more simple pattern and added dance elements from other dances as well. Both Styles consist of 3 steps normal and then a tap step. The tap is often accompanied by a “pop” of the hips. The tab or ‘pop’ is done in the opposite direction of the last step, while the next step is taken on the same direction as the tap or pop. The dance direction changes after the tap or fourth step. Dominican Bachata is called Traditional Bachata. Dominican Bachata is created by the people over many years (from around late fifties) for social dancing and is still evolving.

Basic movements

The basics to the dance are three steps with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The upper body moves much less, most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips.

In bachata performance there is open and closed position. Unlike Salsa, Bachata dance does not usually include complex turn patterns. The leading is like in most other social dances, with a “pushing and pulling” hand and arm communication. Bachata is really sensual dance, good choice for people with passionate nature.