Should I learn Salsa or Bachata? 

If I say learn both. Why not? Would that answer be enough? Probably not. 

Both dances are fun and popular worldwide, but there are some differences, and I want to help you to decide.

So here is a simple breakdown of why someone would want to pick Salsa over Bachata. 

Reason # 1: The practical side.

Salsa is everywhere. You will find Salsa clubs from St. Petersburg to Tokyo and from India to every country in Latin America.

You don’t need to speak the local language; you don’t need to speak Spanish; you just need to know how to dance.

Since Salsa is so widespread, choosing this dance style is a practical decision as you will be able to dance anywhere in the world,

Dancing Salsa has helped me make friends and mingle with locals when travelling to different destinations.

I just need to find a Latin dance club, and I’ll have a fun night out. 

I may not speak the language, but I’m grateful that my body speaks the universal language of Salsa dancing.

Bachata by no means is a pushover because it’s the second most popular Latin dance. 

I will not discourage you if you love the dance’s vibe and cadence. Bachata It’s a beautiful dance, and it’s only second to Salsa.

Reason # 2: Energy.

If you’re looking for something fast, high-impact and energetic, then Salsa is the way to go. 

You can’t take a nap while listening to Salsa music. 

The rhythm is so powerful that it just makes you want to move. It awakens crazy energy within you, and you just want to release it on the dance floor.

Bachata is a dance to mellow out and enjoy without a rush. I describe it as a vacation with friends or a getaway with someone special. 

Bachata is romantic, focusing on being present. Bachata is the best vacation you can do locally.

Reason #3: Difficulty level.

Bachata is easier to learn to dance than Salsa. So if you have two left feet, are worried, and haven’t decided yet, start with Bachata. Now, picking the easy path isn’t always the best path.

If you feel a bit more adventurous, challenge yourself. If you get familiar with Salsa, you will pick Bachata easily. 

You may consider Salsa more difficult because it has a unique beat you must train your ear and body to follow. In addition, Salsa’s rhythm is quick, quick, and slow.

On the contrary, Bachata is eight beats, but they are evenly spaced and equal.  So, the wins will come faster in Bachata, but a win in Salsa can be exhilarating. 

Remember that although there are some differences,  both are teachable skills.  With some time and practice, you will learn any of them. 

The important thing is not getting paralysis by analysis. Instead, pick one and start having fun. 

Do you want to know which one is my favourite? Then, come to our studio, and I’ll share it with you. 

I can’t wait to welcome you to our big family, have you come in week to week, have fun, connect with new friends and let loose to amazing Latin songs. Click here to check our current schedule. 

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