We are off to Dominican Republic this winter, and expect we will try the resort dance classes. Not wanting to look like a total fool, I thought we would try and learn the basic steps before we go. A little research on the net, and the forum here now has me more confused. First I found this video which you can find with Google using the following search key words: Learn to Dance Bachata - YouTube This is another of many Joe Baker productions. The instruction is very clear, but not much emphasis on style. But, seems quite doable. It is just 1, 2, 3, touch, 5, 6, 7, touch, using a standard ballroom hold. The lady seems to do a very awkward looking hip lift on the touch, but perhaps that is an exaggeration for the video. I hope so, as it does not look attractive to me. I've seen other videos which teach a similar method, but use a "lift" instead of the touch. But, then the confusing part. I find reference to Dominican Style Bachata. About the only similarity is the music. There are few turns, and all the emphasis seems to be on the footwork. And, even the footwork seems to be improvised free style. Or, at least I'm having trouble finding any consistency at all between different sources which claim to be Dominican Bachata. Here is one that is clearly explained, but it is one of many variations: Learn How to Dance Bachata Dominican Style (Basic Step) with SalsaKnox II - YouTube It uses the same 8 count, but seems to be touch, touch, squat, touch, touch, touch, squat, touch. The squat is what I call the feet together knee bend. In all it seems totally different to me, than method #1, which might be called the American dance studio style. So what is the real deal? I thought the Bachata originated in the Dominican?