Most dancers start in Salsa but there’s nothing wrong with Bachata.
I’ll tell you what the difference is.
If you want more doors open for you in the Latin scene, Salsa is the big one. It’s the one where you travel around the world, you will see in most clubs. These days you can walk into a convenience store and you hear Salsa music. So if you learn Salsa, it’s just going to make it easier for you to learn the other Latin dances.
Bachata and Salsa are both beautiful dances, but they focus on different feelings. Salsa is the energetic, loud and flashy one. Think of Mark Anthony. Mark Anthony is a Salsa singer. It’s the high energy, big impact, loud & fun one.
Bachata, on the other hand, is the sexy one. It’s the slower one. It’s the more gentle, it’s the more interconnected with your partner. The world melts around you as you connect with the heart. Bachata is of the heart, Salsa is of the energy.
I definitely think you should learn both. When you go to a club, the top two things you will hear are Salsa, which would usually be 70% of the time, and then 20 to 30 will be Bachata. I say 20 to 30 because sometimes they’ll play also Merengue which is a two-beat dance.
I started with Salsa, I did four or five years in Salsa and then I got into Bachata. I became passionate about Bachata. They’re both beautiful dances.
Honestly, there are so many dances to learn and we look forward to you learning all of them with us.
All in all, if you’re looking to start, Salsa is the best bet. In fact, when you do Salsa Nightclub level one, we actually teach you for the first hour Merengue, the second hour is Bachata. The remaining hours are Salsa. So in Salsa Nightclub level one, you get to actually learn three types of dances. You get to experience which one you really want to lean into.
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