What is Bachata?
Bachata is a dance, originated in the Dominican Republic. Its rythm is consisted of two part each one of 4 tacts: 1-2-3-4, 5-6-7-8.
The basics to the dance are three-step with a tap step for the fourth tact. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. The movement of the hips is very important because it’s a part of the soul of this dance.
In partnering, leader party can decide whether to perform in open or closed position. Dance moves and steps variety depending on the music (such as the rhythms, instruments, etc.). Unlike Salsa, Bachata dance does not usually include complex turn patterns but they are used as the dance evolves. The leading is done just like in most other social dances, with a “pushing and pulling” hand and arm communication.
Hand and arm communication is better conveyed when most of the movement is performed by the lower body. Bachata is commonly known by many as a very sensual dance. And it has sensual style, when partners are little bit closer, knees are more bended and one leg of a partner is between the legs of the oither partner.
The original dance style from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is a basic dance sequence is a full 8 count moving within a square. Dancers in the Western World later began developing a more simple pattern, also in a full 8 count, but with a side-to-side motion. Both Styles consist of 3 steps normal and then a tap step. The tap is often accompanied by a “pop” of the hips. Sometimes tap in the 4-th or 8-th tact is substituted with syncopations (fast steps in between the beats – some similar to cha-cha steps).
Bachata music has an accent in rhythm at every fourth count (or tact).