Is Dancing Bachata a Sin?

Dancing Bachata, or any other dance, is not a sin. Some people think that because Bachata is playful and sensual, it must be sinful. But you can dance Bachata with anyone. Having said that, when I was in a serious relationship, my partner and I agreed that we wouldn’t dance Bachata too closely with others. Like all dancing, Bachata is not sinful but it is about respecting boundaries for everyone involved.

Intimacy in Bachata

Bachata can be intimate. Some people care about that, and some people don’t. If you enjoy Bachata and don’t want to do dips or any other move that you feel is too intimate, tell your partner. I love it when my partner tells me before we dance. The honesty results in us both having a great experience. So it depends on your comfort and preference. For my partner and I, that meant we only danced closely with each other. And I remember, as we started to dance more and more, we would have arguments over the fact that one of us was dancing too closely with someone. Not because Bachata dancing or any kind of dancing is a sin. It was because we were both insecure and uncomfortable seeing our partner dancing with others.

Connection in Bachata

Bachata, like any dance, is about connection. Dancing Bachata is like a conversation where you are listening and responding to each other. But you can have an intimate conversation with a friend over a cup of coffee. It doesn’t mean that there is romance and/or cheating involved. Most of us would not consider having a coffee with a friend a sin. Dancing Bachata is the same. Bachata is simply another way of processing emotions, building trust and connection and a method of expressing personal freedom, confidence and joy.

So dancing Bachata or Salsa or Merengue or any other dance is not a sin. I think it would be a sin not to dance. There are so many physical and mental health benefits of dance. So I hope that someday I get to meet you on the dance floor, welcome you as part of the school, and get to teach you and dance with you and show you how incredible dance is.

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