Bachata, along with Merengue, has its origins in the Dominican Republic. Bachata (= having fun) is dance music that originated in the countryside in the early 1960s. Joy and melancholy come together in it and shape this music, which is also known as the Dominican version of the Bolero.
The music is characterized by the acoustic guitar, bongo and maracas. Today, Bachata has long ceased to be the typical country music of the past. It has become a type of dance and music popular among the entire Dominican people and has now conquered Europe and the United States. In the modern version of this partner dance, the basic steps are complemented by a lot of footwork and figures. This style is influenced by other dances such as Merengue and Salsa. The figures from these are applied in Bachata making the music faster and more exhilarating.
Bachata Fusion is a mix of styles of Bachata styles. In this style, figures from all dances such as Zouk, Tango, Salsa, etc. are integrated. This means many original figures, dips and styling, but also the Dominican footwork. Do you already dance a nice Bachata, but would like to expand your repertoire? Would you like to learn some more spectacular figures and also just follow a fun, sociable class? Then sign up for our Bachata Fusion intermediate classes. Monday’s Bachata Fusion courses include multiple styles such as Dominicana, Moderna and Sensual. Want to know more about our Bachata teachers Fabian & Melona? Then check out our team page.
Sunday Bachata classes (“BachaTinta”) focus on modern and authentic Bachata with a touch of “Tinta” (specific style of teacher Tinta also known as DJ Tinta in the Latin scene). Partnering, musicality, footwork, bodymoves and fun! The beginner group is for those who have no Bachata experience. Intermediate is suitable for those who have been taking classes for some time. More about our Bachata teachers Tinta and Jill can be found on the team page.
Bachata Sensual is a Bachata form developed in Spain by Korke Escalona and Judith Cordero. Korke, over 13 years ago, wanted to be able to express more feelings and passion while dancing the Bachata. Therefore, he added different movements to strengthen the connection and harmony between the dance partners. This variation of the Bachata is particularly sensual and this is also reflected in the music. Characteristic are many body movements, isolations and dips.