What is Dominican Bachata
Dancing Dominican Bachata is
not to be confused with other bachata dance genres, such as
modern, sensual or bachatango. Often the terminology
Dominican Bachata is used from many Instructors and from
different dance schools wrongly without really knowing what
original Dominican Bachata looks like. Because Bachata
originated in the Dominican Republic this might therefore be
the reason why many call Bachata "Dominican Bachata".
Dominican Bachata is very
rich of footwork; we have to bear in mind that there is no
clearly defined sequecence in the footwork. It is more a
question of improvisation and interpretation of the music.
This is by no means anything resembling Salsa shines.
In fact, here they are only decorations on the basic
footwork, which is the result of playing and improvising on
the sharp rhythm. It is more or less like toying with the
rhythm. Therefore, to me it means purely "free interpretation
of the music".
This is the reason why my focus is to make sure you'll learn
how to listen to the music properly and, above all, how to
pick the nuances of the syncopations and the breaks.
Due to its peculiarity of
being rich of footwork variations, this make learn Dominican
Bachata at an advanced level harder but at the same time
it's more fun because you really toy with the rhythm;By Domenico Stepbystepsalsa
there are doublesteps, sidetapping, forward kicking, triple
steps, variations of tapping. These are just a couple of
example of the footwork skills by advanced dancers.
Just to give you an idea of what it can look like at very
advanced leves, have a look at the footwork of these guys
Here are just a couple of examples of Domincan Bachata danced with the partner
To me, it is like playing a solo
with an instrument, say a guitar, on a basic background.
Here the background is the music, the basic time is that
dictated by the music and your feet are the instruments with
which you play your solo.
As far as my teaching method is concerned, I like to combine
elements of the different Bachata styles but my core focus
is the Dominican style.
As in the case concerning 'the right music for Salsa Cross
body Style', which is completely different than Cuban style
or Columbian Style, here again it is necessary to
differentiate between the different Bachata music styles.
Therefore, the music apt to Bachata Dominican Style is a
completely different kind of that suitable for, say, Bachata
Sensual style. The Dominican one is much more rhythmic like
that you can hear in the examples-videos on youtube I posted
We shouldn't forget that the
bottom line is that we dance to the music. If the music is
not apt to the dance, we won't be able to enjoy the dancing.
I'll give you an analogy: you can't ride a sport bike
off-roading. For that you would rather need an enduro
motorcycle to have fun and viceversa.