Bachata Dance Videos & Instructions: How to dance bachata

Finding your timing and bachata's basic step

Bachata is in 4/4 time - which means there are four emphasized beats in every measure. Here are some queues to help know where you are: The low bongo usually plays on the 4th beat. The voice accents the 1st beat - often that means that vocal phrases end on the first beat rather than start on it. The bass tends to play on the 3rd, 4th, and 1st beats - but this can change. Dancers usually step on beats 1,2 and 3 - stepping in place on 4 (tap). Sometimes, people will dance on different timings. Bachata is informal, it's not a ballroom dance, so the rules defining it are not rigid. See the last video on the bottom left for a step by step breakdown of bachata's most basic footwork.

The bachata box step

A traditional Dominican pattern of dancing bachata is the box step. The box step maintains the same basic step pattern described above, but instead of simply stepping side to side, the dancer steps in a square. The most common way of dancing the box step is to step sideways with the left foot, with the right foot follow, just as in the most basic step, and then with the 3rd right step put your foot forward. Tap with your right, side step with your right. side step with your left to bring it next to your right, then step back with your right to return to your starting position. Tap, with your left and start again. A couple following dancing together in box step have a richer interplay than straight side to side, and the box can open up into a variety of more complex variations. There are also variations of the box step that differ in timing and style. See the Adam Taub and Joan & Griselda Soriano videos to the left for examples of the bachata box step.

The bachata triple or 'cha-cha' step

In the Dominican Republic, the tap step is often replaced by a quick three step sequence sometimes referred to as the 'Cha-cha' step (because it is also part of basic cha-cha-cha footwork). Where you would ordinarily tap with the right foot on 4, here you instead step with your right foot on 4, followed quickly with your left foot on '4 and' , and then again with your right on 1 - leading into the second half of the pattern. The sequence of 3 cha-cha steps occur at double the speed of the ordinary steps around it. The cha-cha step can be substituted in the same way for the left tap, and can also occur in other parts of the basic bachata pattern. See the Bachata Autentica dance video to the left for an example of a couple dancing bachata with the cha-cha step.

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JUAN CARLOS August 30, 2015

MUY BUENOS VIDEOS DE BACHATAS . ADEMAS SE PUEDE APRENDER ALGUNOS PASOS PARA IR PRATICANDO A MI ME GUSTA LA MUSICA MOVIDA BACHATA MERENGUE Y SALSA SOY DE URUGUAY 30 8 2015

luis July 30, 2015

me gusta mucho verlos bailando ese ritmotan sabroso

damaris saravia July 30, 2015

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FRANCO HOMERO BRAVO July 28, 2015

Muy buenas las indicaciones y buen video que gran aporte a la cultura.

florencia cerrato July 16, 2015

recie vi el video y esta muy bueno pero seguro que no va hacer nada facil bailar bachata yo quiero aprender viendo los videos voy a ir paso por paso

luis July 13, 2015

la verdad que son los mejores, nadie le puede quitar tan distinguido meritos

Marlon July 12, 2015

Hola, es mi segunda ves a la RD y de esta ves quiero aprender a bailar Bachata, por ahora estoy en La Romana y quisiera saber si alguien me puede ayudar a encontrar unas clases para aprender, o si conocen a alguien que me pueda enseñar . Gracias

valentina July 10, 2015

mera cuca

Karla Vanessa Vargas June 15, 2015

Hoola quiero aprender a bailar bachata y boleros, estoy muy intereresaa en recibir clases cuando sea nesesario, e inicio de 0... gracias

luis May 11, 2015

muy interesante y bonito