Different Styles of Bachata

Modern/Moderna style (2005)

This fusion style has its foundations in the Western Traditional Style of Bachata. It’s the style you will see most in nightclubs today. Moderna style Bachata figures emphasize the use of “the slot” (like in Salsa) but also incorporate circular figures that allow couples to travel and use more dance floor space. This style puts a larger emphasis on upper body (ribcage) movement on counts 1-2-3, while keeping the signature “hip pop” on count 4.

Distinguishing characterics of Moderna style Bachata are the use of many turn p

Dominican Bachata

This is where Bachata started. The basic step moves within a small dance space (a square) with syncopated steps to express the music (guitarra). Embraces in Dominican style bachata vary greatly from Cuban style open hand hold to a very tight closed embrace.

Distinguishing characteristics of Dominican style are footwork – playful syncopated steps. Leading with strong hip movements on all counts (not just on the 4th or tap step). Experienced Bachata dancers will use for the faster, more “punchier” Bachata music. Strong percussive beats and guitarra lines lend themselves to the strong, syncopated style of Dominican footwork.

Other styles (2005 and beyond):

Bachata has been around for over 100 years in the Caribbean is still considered a new dance to the rest of the world. Still in its infancy and new fusion styles are continually being created – influences of other partner-type dances. You can be argued that Bachata is a true dance “of the people” – reflecting the distinct flair and style of a region and being shared across the world. Creating a wonderful diversity in the dance, while still keeping it universally accessible to all dancers.

New fusion styles that have been developed in the last 10 years include:

Urban Bachata: Hip Hop influenced

Bachatango/Bachata Tango: Argentine Tango influenced

Touch style: a very sensual fusion of Moderna and Dominican styles

Want to find out why Bachata is better than Salsa? Check out this article

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