Bachata Dance – Easier than Salsa
Salsa dancing is amazing but it’s extremely challenging as well. From learning the rhythm to learning all the rules, especially for leaders, it’s a challenge. So the good news is Bachata is the answer to all the troubles that Salsa dance can bring. Here are 3 reasons why Bachata is easier than Salsa.
The beat is easy to catch
Salsa and Bachata are both 8-beat dances but that’s where most of the similarities end. Unlike Salsa which has a Quick Quick Slow Rhythm (1,2 break 3,4, 5,6 break 7,8) Bachata is even rhythmic beats. This means for anyone who has trouble hearing rhythm or beat, Bachata is the best dance to start in. The beats are evenly spaced out, and even if you have 2 left feet, you can pick up the beat. It’s so easy that at our school, I can teach someone basic bachata steps in 30 seconds while Salsa steps take 1-2 minutes to learn.
Slower than Salsa
Salsa is fast and it’s one of the reasons I love it but fast doesn’t mean better. Bachata is the best dance to start with because it’s slower. Bachata is like being on a beach with someone, you are not in a rush and there is no work tomorrow. Salsa is like driving on the highway and can feel stressful at the beginning.
Combinations are easier to pick up
When we teach Salsa, it takes 3-5 months to learn to do a dip safely, in Bachata we learn dips by the end of Bachata Level 1. Bachata combinations are just easier to pick up which means you learn more than in Salsa. This is great for anyone who wants to learn quickly to go out dancing to a nightclub as soon as possible. Part of it is Salsa is more strict at which time you can do a turn while in Bachata, it’s a lot more flexible.
Taking a Salsa Dance class in Toronto or where ever you are will be one of the best decisions you make. Still, if you want to take an easier dance than Bachata Dance is your best bet. It’s easier to hear the beat, slower than Salsa and you learn a lot faster.
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