A genre of Latin music, Bachata began in the Dominican Republic during the first half of the 20th century. With Spanish influences and bits of indigenous and African musical elements, Bachata is symbolic of the cultural diversity of Dominican Republic society. The dance was soon admonished in its home country of the Dominican Republic because the country’s dictator deemed it abhorrent and lewd. Claiming Bachata was a lesser dance form, he banned the music and the dance completely. Eventually, his dictatorship ended and this beautiful dance was reborn.
In the 1990s, Bachata's instrumentals moved from nylon string Spanish guitar and maracas of original Bachata to the electric steel swing and guira of the Bachata known today. It was during this time that the dance became more known in and surrounding NYC.
The Bachata is a Latin American dance with straightforward steps and distinct hip movement. The music is naturally romantic, thus the movement reflects the story of love and heartbreak. It’s focused on the female partner and the steps involve many optional turns.
These days, Bachata dancers enjoy using their moves in most latin clubs, as well as Merengue and Salsa. Bachata’s more personal steps balance the fast-paced music of Merengue and Salsa. Additionally, it’s become a staple with Latin radio stations.
If you are interested in learning some of the fundamental movements of Bachata or enhancing your leading or following skills, contact one of our professional Arthur Murray instructors and learn the dance today.