Discussion in 'Salsa' started by Spitfire, Sep 8, 2003.
What is bachata?
I'm not familiar with it.
[Split and moved from a ballroom thread by SDsalsaguy.]
Bachata is a traditional music from Dominican Republic.
It has quite a unique sound to it, and has become more
and more popular in the last 5 years or so...
In Dominican Republic, Bachata is played more by the
"campesinos" usually poorer people, laborers in the fields.
However, the music has become somewhat mainstream in
New York and other areas.
I personally LOVE bachata...it is a very sensual music, and
For some good bachatas do a search for the following
Monchy y Alexandra
There are many more, those are 2 of the more popular
What is the dance that is done to the music; what is the pattern?
The basic is like a slide/shuffle left and right punctuated with a hip rotation towards the direction you're changing to. That's the best I can explain it. I LOVE dancing bachata. Very, very sensual.
Its basically a side-together-side action and the hip roll and/or lift youngsta mentions.
THAT'S what I was looking for...side-together-side! :lol:
You can also bachata to the on1 mambo step, only that instead of holding on 4, you shake your shoulders ( men ) or your hips ( women ) to the oposite foot. The way it was taught to me, bachata is less of a fancy spins and turns dance, you would do at most two spins, slow-mo. Think of a tango with hips locked merengue style.
You might also want to check out Aventura, which is a band that plays a lighter, faster bachata. Old school includes Juan Luis Guerra... And if you are DJ and don't want to piss off too many Mexicans, look for an artist named Anntony, who does Mana covers in bachata...
And a little history here
Is it taught in any of the studios?
None of the ones here have to my knowledge. I guess this is in part why I'm unfamiliar with it.
How many counts?
123 (left side-together-side) 4 (right hip rotation right) 567 (right side-together-side) 8 (left hip rotation left) btw I was dancing it while typing this :lol:
Getting back to the music; is it different from Merenque?
Oh yeah. waayyyy slower...very distinctive sound. BTW Spitfire, I have yet to see Bachata instruction at studios in my area.
You may also notice some kind of bass hitting always on 1 and 4. It is good to start your step sequence on this bass.
By the way: Here in Germany in almost all salsa clubs you get up to 20% (Merengue +Bachata) and 80% Salsa. So you don't have to dance Salsa/Mambo all the time.
Some good songs:
Arrancame La vida
Si Yo Pudeira
Obsession (No se es Amor)
El Gringo de la Bachata
I like to dance bachata in close contact. You have to feel what your leader is doing; side-together-side is basic, but you can walk forward and back, cross your feet doing basic, do slow dips... I love it! Just pretend that you're in love with your partner and play with your body - bachata music will help you, it's so sensual, beautiful and a little sad! :cry:
Some guys start on 2 or 3 - if it doesn't feel wrong, then it's probably OK... :?:
Welcome to the Dance Forums, redhead
Yes, I love the bachata too. I also like to add the little dip. Sometimes after you have been dancing fast salsa and merengue all night, bachata is a good dance to change the mood. I think it's good when the dj adds a set of bachata.
Another question about the music; are there any well known songs with that rhythm?
Trying to get an idea here.
A couple of things to note about bachata.
The side to side is a pretty basic step, you can go forward
and backward, a side to cross to side step, dipping forward
and backward...and then there are the spins that are danced
a lot in DR...
Another thing is that although bachata is slower here in the
United States, typical Bachata is actually faster in rhythm
The slower ones are of the "amarge" genre, meaning sad,
However, Bachata can be as fast enough if not faster than
As far as some songs to check out, do searches on the
Monchy y Alexandra
Juan Luis Guerra (His style of Bachata is different)
That's why I prefaced it with 'the basic is...' I can do all kinds of fun stuff with it, but I thought Spitfire just wanted a description of the basic.
Right Youngsta...you know what else I love...
Like you mentioned, you can do so much with it
that it's limited to your imagination...another thing about
bachata is that, to me, you really have to feel the music
and the story of the music to truly enjoy it...would you
say that this is true?
Of course, the music must be felt in all types of dance, but
there is something very particular about bachata...don't know
what it is, but it's there and I feel it everytime I dance to it.
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