BACHATA DANCE – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Bachata dance is a Latin American dance style with its origin in the Dominican Republic. Bachata is usually danced to the tune of the Cuban Bolero music. It is a partner dance and the lead can decide to chose the open position or semi-closed or closed positions.
The Bachata comprises of four styles and they include the western traditional, Bachatango, modern/moderna, and Bachata sensual. Bachata dance has gained popularity across the globe and is now performed all over the world.
History/Origin of Bachata dance:
Historical facts suggest that this dance style was first developed by Luis Segura who is commonly referred to as the ‘Father of Bachata’. However, it was Jose Manuel Calderon who is officially said to have recorded the first official song for this dance form on 30th May 1962.
Costumes used in the Bachata Dance:
Since this dance style involves both male and female the costumes used will vary accordingly and they are as follows:
The attire worn includes a short multi-layered ruffle that at times also exposes the midriff of the performer to add to the sensuality that this dance style possesses.
The attire worn includes colourful deep V-neck shirts and pants to go along with it.
Music involved in the Bachata dance:
The musical instruments mainly used in this style of dancing includes Requinto i.e. lead guitar, Segunda i.e. rhythm guitar, guitar, electric guitar, bongos, and güira i.e. a percussion instrument. In addition, the music produced for this dance style basically involves the use of lead guitar instrumentation which includes a few repeated broken chords.
Training availability and the technique involved in the Bachata dance:
The basic technique of this dance form involves the use of three steps followed by a “tap step”. In addition, this dance may also include the use of several forms of step syncopation such as the “double step”. Furthermore, a few Bachata performers in the west have also introduced movement in the “hip” along with the tap step. As for those interested in learning this dance, there are many schools/centres available around the world that provide for basic training in this “energetic” form of dancing.
How to dance the Bachata (Bachata dancing Basic tutorial video for beginners):
The following 3 videos show the basic steps of the Bachata dance explaining how to do the bachata dance. All these 3 YouTube channels provide extensive tutorials covering the basics of Bachata dancing for beginners.
Some of the best Bachata Dance Videos