What is bachata?

youngsta

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#21
Oh definitely! I think you feel the music a bit more because the dance is so sensual. At least for me the connection with my partner feels 'stronger' than it does with other music I dance to.
 

Spitfire

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#22
youngsta said:
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 this discussion...

:?: So kind of like ECS triple time with the hip rotation instead of rock step. Is that an accurate description?
 

SDsalsaguy

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#23
No, because the feeling and flavor are of a totally different order...it's a Latin dance, not a swing. Also, technically speaking, the triple step of ECS is not done to even timing whereas this is, here we're dealing with 4/4 timing danced evenly with one step/action per beat.
 

Spitfire

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#24
SDsalsaguy said:
No, because the feeling and flavor are of a totally different order...it's a Latin dance, not a swing. Also, technically speaking, the triple step of ECS is not done to even timing whereas this is, here we're dealing with 4/4 timing danced evenly with one step/action per beat.
I was referring to the resemblence of the pattern and the direction in which it is moving. So is it different in that regard?
 

SDsalsaguy

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#25
Still different, at least if you're talking about ballroom ECS, because each step in bachata is on a whole beat – so of equal size – whereas ECS triple steps (again, if the ballroom version) are not. In very general terms I think you're heading in the right direction but, technically, there is a difference.
 

pygmalion

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#26
I have a dumb question. What is all this uproar over bachata? Is there a lot to the dance? You know, lots of unique steps, and styling and such? I ask because I've never had any lessons in it. I just went to a salsa club, and when one came on, I danced. Did I miss anything? Should I go out and look for a Latin dance teacher to sharpen my skills?
 

SDsalsaguy

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#27
LOL :lol:

No! Actually, I don't think I've seen it even taught more then once! If you see it done, that's pretty much enough to understand the basic if you have any other dance background.
 

youngsta

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#29
Yeah most people just dance the basic the whole song, nothing wrong with that. I've learned several cool bachata patterns and add more and more to it when I get the chance.
 

pygmalion

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#30
Exactly what I'm thinking. Just dance the basic, and if the guy can "teach" me more patterns, follow him. If not, the basic is pretty entertaining by itself, because I like the music.
 
#31
hi. i absolutly love bachata but unfortunatly hardly anyone here knows it. And i only know basics. Are you ment to move all your body ie, shoulders, hips much in bachata or are you supposed to keep your body more ridgid :?: Any bachata tips are welcome :D
 

youngsta

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#32
There's nothing rigid about Bachata. Just feel the music and go! :D There are a lot of cool moves you can spice things up with once you're comfortable with it.
 
#34
Does anyone know any links to videos? I know the basic sideways I think...however I have no clue at all how the turns or other basics go. Everytime I see people dance bachata, it's usually just the basic.
 
#38
Most of you seem to like bachata... Personally I don't like it that much... Don't really know why, maybe because I only had basic instructions and know the base steps... But besides these, are there any other or that's all!? I really like merengue or salsa much, much more... For those who know a bit more about bachata, can you tell me if there're more steps and variations, trics and so on (such as in salsa and merengue) or there's only the side-together-side thing?
 

SDsalsaguy

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#40
youngsta said:
There are PLENTY of other moves you can add to Bachata!
Absolutely! There's the "go get a drink of water," the "comb your hair," the "visit the restroom," the "talk to the person next to you," the "step outside for some fresh air," the . . . well, you get the idea! :wink: :lol:
 

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