Salsa > What is bachata?

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by Spitfire, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    What is bachata?

    I'm not familiar with it.

    [Split and moved from a ballroom thread by SDsalsaguy.]
  2. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Hey Spitfire,

    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 is a very sensual music, and

    For some good bachatas do a search for the following

    Monchy y Alexandra

    Anthony Santos

    There are many more, those are 2 of the more popular
  3. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    What is the dance that is done to the music; what is the pattern?
  4. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    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. :D
  5. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Its basically a side-together-side action and the hip roll and/or lift youngsta mentions.
  6. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    THAT'S what I was looking for...side-together-side! :lol:
  7. brujo

    brujo New Member

    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...
  8. brujo

    brujo New Member

  9. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    How many counts?
  11. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    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:
  12. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Getting back to the music; is it different from Merenque?
  13. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    Oh yeah. waayyyy slower...very distinctive sound. BTW Spitfire, I have yet to see Bachata instruction at studios in my area.
  14. salsaForfun

    salsaForfun New Member

    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:

    Raulin Rodriguez
    Arrancame La vida
    Si Yo Pudeira
    Zacharias Ferreira
    El Triste
    Obsession (No se es Amor)
    Cuando Volveras
    El Gringo de la Bachata
  15. redhead

    redhead New Member

    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... :?:
  16. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    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.
  17. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Another question about the music; are there any well known songs with that rhythm?

    Trying to get an idea here.
  18. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Hey guys,

    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
    and dance...

    The slower ones are of the "amarge" genre, meaning sad,
    or depressed...

    However, Bachata can be as fast enough if not faster than

    As far as some songs to check out, do searches on the
    following artists:

    Monchy y Alexandra


    Anthony Santos

    Juan Luis Guerra (His style of Bachata is different)
  19. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    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.
  20. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Right 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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