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In honor of our Bachata group class that will be starting on Thursday, January 11th at 6:15pm; I thought we needed to take a closer look at this sexy dance.

Bachata dancing developed in response to bachata music. In 1961 the first bachata song was recorded in the Dominican Republic. The 1970s were a rough time for bachata music. It was seldom played on the radio and never performed in “high society”. It had a grassroots following and by the 1980s bachata music’s popularity couldn’t be denied. In 1992 the first bachata song won a Grammy. From the 2000s to today many western artists have been creating a fusion of bachata, merengue, and salsa music. This has also lead to the rise in popularity of bachata dancing.

Bachata originated from Bolero and was danced in a rectangular pattern. As Bachata music quickened and began to fuse so did the dancing. It is now most commonly  danced side to side, starting on the 1 and tapping(or popping the hip) on the 4. Bachata can be danced in closed or open positions. It is a great dance to practice and perfect Cuban motion. With so many Latin Nights at clubs, your bachata moves will be put to good use. I can’t wait to see you all a week from today at group class!!!


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