Why Bachata is Better Than Salsa
(original title: Salsa vs. Bachata: Why Bachata is Better)
I started as a Salsa dancer at Toronto Dance Salsa and as the name implies, it is primarily a Salsa School. But I regret not starting Bachata earlier. If you are a brand new dancer or you’ve already been dancing for a while, and you’re deciding between Salsa and Bachata, here are five reasons why Bachata is better than Salsa and you should start it as soon as possible.
Bachata is better than Salsa because it is much more forgiving. In Salsa, if you miss a beat, if you do a turn at the wrong time, it is hard to get back on track. Salsa is more challenging if you have difficulty hearing the beat and/or the rhythm. Improvements happen in Salsa but it is much slower.
When I started Bachata, my immediate reaction was, “Oh my gosh, this is so easy!” Because Bachata is rhythmically even if you miss a beat it is easy to get back on track. So if you’re not a confident dancer or you’ve never taken dance classes, take Bachata classes.
Bachata is a Vacation
Another reason why Bachata is better than Salsa is that dancing Bachata feels like you are on a vacation. Salsa is like driving on a highway. You’re going fast. There’s no room for pit stops. Bachata is like being on a beach. The sun is setting. There’s a bonfire and you’re with some good people vibing. There is no work tomorrow. When you hear Bachata music, all it asks of you is to be present and mellow.
I want to be very clear and say, I am not a surfer. But everything I’ve ever heard about surfer culture is that the people are mellow and kind and supportive. The same is true of Bachata dancers. So if you are looking for a supportive community, Bachata is better than Salsa. Bachata dancers are much more mellow. It’s funny because I do both Salsa and Bachata, and my students who’ve taken Salsa classes first and then start taking Bachata classes later say the same thing. People are more social, they’re more community-based. It’s really strange because it’s often the same people taking the classes. It is hard to explain, but it’s just a different feeling. When you tap into that Bachata flow, you can’t help but think about community and connection.
Finding Your Inner Sexy
I am very awkward and I never thought that I could be sexy and confident in my own body. Through Salsa, I built confidence through competence.
But Bachata? Wow! When I started to explore Bachata, I quickly built confidence that I could move and feel sexy. Honestly, even writing that feels weird, but it’s the truth. Bachata is sexy. I’ve seen so many of my students blossom into really confident, body-positive dancers through Bachata.
They’ve just started to love their body more because Bachata asks for a lot more of a connection to your body than Salsa does. So whether you are a leader or follower and you’re looking to tap into your sexy side (and I believe that we all should) Bachata is so much better than Salsa.
I was obsessed with Salsa for over eight years before I began to obsess about Bachata. Within six months of dancing Bachata, I started to become a lot more musically expressive in both Salsa and Bachata. Imagine you hear your favourite song from when you were a teenager and automatically you start to move – you bob your head, shake your shoulders or whatever – you move to the music.
That’s called musicality gang! In Bachata musicality is way easier to learn. Finding your musical flow in Bachata will also help you to find it in other types of dance as well. And it’s amazing. So if you want to become more musically expressive in all forms of dance, Bachata is much better than Salsa.
You can’t hide as much in Bachata as you can in Salsa. In Salsa, you can hide behind the double turns and dips and tricks. But Bachata asks for more connection to your own body, to the music. There is nowhere to hide. At Toronto Dance Salsa we teach Bachata Musicality at the intermediate and advanced levels. It’s incredible and beautiful to see so many dancers step into their confidence and build their musicality.
Salsa is great too! So click here to read Why Salsa is Better than Bachata.
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