Bachata: 3 Moves you have to learn!

If you are a beginner at Bachata, I am so excited for the journey you are about to take. From the sexy moves to the fun vibes to the amazing community you are about to be a part of. The world of Bachata is vast but we can keep it simple. To be considered past the beginner level (with any school you join) you need to make sure you learn these 3 moves.

Combinations: You Turn I Turn

As a Bachata dancer, once you learn the basic turns, which we cover in the 1st class of 9, we immediately get into combinations. The most basic combination you need to learn, to feel confident, is the You turn I turn. This is where back to back the leader turns the follower, the leader turns right after, and then turns the follower. When you are signing up with a dance school, make sure to ask if they teach combinations. You want to be ready for all the Latin club fun you will experience.

Sweetheart Holds

Just like the name suggests, it’s where the leader brings the partner and they go fo r a walk. Let’s keep it simple and say it’s one of the most important moves to know as a beginner. At our school we teach 3 different variations including on the neck, on the shoulders and more! When looking at a dance school, make sure to ask your school if you learn variations of this combination.


Yes, I said it and you can believe it. As a beginner in Bachata, unlike Salsa, we teach how to dip a partner as a leader. One of the many reasons I love Bachata is how easy it is to learn. Our variation of the dip is called a twist dip (a safe version to do with anyone) and from there we do intermediate dips and more in level 2 and above. The most important thing to remember when learning a Bachata dip is safety first. Never do a dip with a partner you are not familiar with as a leader.

There are many Bachata moves you have to learn but the above 3 are a great place to start!

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