The bachata was actually not intended as a dance at all, but was a style of music that served as entertainment for couples in love. But in the early 1960’s it developed from the Cuban or Caribbean Bolero to a dance that was now also influenced by Salsa and Merengue. Since 2000 this dance is booming. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the music of the Bachata was considered vulgar and was assigned to the lower classes of the population. It was equated with prostitution, crime and poverty.
In 2005 the first Bachata World Championship was held. For the most part, Italian couples competed and incorporated the technique of Latin American dances. In the meantime the bachata has become a very popular ballroom dance and the IDO regularly organizes World and European Championships as well as World Cups in bachata.
Typical for the Bachata are the guitars, bongos, bass and Güira.
The lyrics are mostly sung by male singers and are about disappointed love.
Bar: 4/4 time
Tempo: 115 – 160 bpm / 28 to 40 tpm
Rhythm: S S S
Emphasis: 1st beat
Bachata is not a standardized dance. There are many variations and movement sequences and some figures are also built in. A dance of pure eroticism. Get a taste of it and experience a new passion with a very simple basic step and many variations and figures, which you may already know from other dances.
This book does not replace dance lessons. It should only be a small reminder for the actions you have already learned or show you a few more variations.
Dive into the world of the Bachata and let yourself be enchanted by this dance. Each figure is explained step by step in an understandable way.
The bachata is danced very tight and with the emphasis on the hips and is therefore one of the most erotic dances. In Europe it is mostly danced with a little more body distance.
The man raises his left hand, the lady puts her opposite right hand in. The right hand is placed on the second shoulder blade, which is more difficult to reach, so that you can be in a tight embrace.