18 Feb


Bachata is a smooth and sexy partner dance originating from the Caribbean region, more specifically, the Dominican Republic with borrowings from the Cuban Bolero.

Although Bachata is a classic form of music dating back to the 1960's, it has enjoyed a revival and has taken Latin night clubs by storm all over the World! The music has a distinctive guitar sound and evolved from the guitar-led folk groups of the Cuban son and the bolero. It is romantic and beautiful to listen and dance to.

Bachata music today has undertaken dramatic changes from the very traditional sound of it's creation to where it has merged with more contemporary styles like Jazz, R&B and Hip Hop as well as other Latin and Brazilian rhythms.

It's more apparent fusion has been with R&B/Hip Hop, producing many great influential musicians/singers such as Aventura, Toby Love, Optimo & Xtreme to name a few. You will be amazed how easy and enjoyable it is to pick up!

Bachata Timetable
Next course Where Cost Register online

Bachata Beg (L1)
Thu 24 Oct @ 8pm

Empire Dance Studios
2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn
8 week course
Pre-register $140
OR $165 @ door
Bachata Int (L2)
Thu 31 Oct @ 9pm
Empire Dance Studios
2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn
8 week course
Pre-register $140
OR $165 @ door
Wanna try a class OR
do them casually? No problem!
Empire Dance Studios
2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn
Try a class OR casual
$25 cash only please @ door

What is Bachata dance?

The authentic dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is a basic dance sequence in a full 8-count moving within a square. Dancers in the Western world much later made up a basic step going from side to side and also incorporated moves and turn pattern sequences from various couple dances, Latin and non Latin, performing these combinations in the timing used in bachata dancing, thus creating a fusion Bachata dance that you see around the world today.

The basic dance sequence consists of three steps and then a tap step or various forms of step syncopation (such as the "double step"). Dancers in the west accompany the tap with an exaggerated "pop” of the hips. Bachata can be danced on the 1st beat of the musical phrase, with the tap on the 4th beat, but dancing on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th beat is also common. The tap is done on the opposite foot of the last step, while the next step is taken on the same foot as the tap. The dance direction changes after the tap or fourth step.

 Did you know: Bachata is sometimes referred to as the "blues music of the Dominican Republic."

Bachata Styles

There are three main stream bachata styles;

  • Dominican Bachata (aka Authentic Bachata)
  • Traditional Bachata
  • Modern aka "Sensual" Bachata

In the sample clip is a preview of "modern/sensual bachata". This is the style that we teach at Latinissimo.

Bachata Styles defined

Dominican Bachata: (the original style) or others call it "authentic" bachata, as its the way it is danced in Dominican Republic. This style is danced with the basic steps moving within a small square (side, side, forward and side, side, back) are inspired from the bolero steps but is an evolved version of those including a tap and also syncopation (steps in between the beats) depending on the dynamics of the music being played. The hand placement will vary with the dancers position which can be very close to semi close to open. Unlike salsa, bachata dance does not usually include many turn patterns.

Traditional Bachata: This is the most common style of bachata danced all over the world. The main characteristic of this style is the use of a small hip movement on the 4th count of the beat (1,2,3 and hip) and the close connection with your partner (a very romantic style of dance). Turn patterns and dips are included in this style.

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Modern Bachata; A newer style that is still evolving incorporating fundamentals from other styles as well (zouk, bolero, tango and more). Bachata Moderna is based on the concept of the crosses, where on each count you lead to a cross (cross on1, cross on2, cross on3, cross over), but on the 4th count you keep the hip movement. In this style, couples typically move their torsos more and greatly exaggerate the hip action (specially the women). The most direct fusion influence on the modern/moderna dance, comes from the adoption of salsa turn patterns; these, together with dips became the core of the dance. As of lately, bachata has taken elements from and had strong influences from Brazilian Zouk. Due to this it has gotten the name 'Sensual Bachata'. It has the same technical base as the modern/moderna dance, but incorporating pronounced body waves and isolations. Sensual Bachata is extremely popular worldwide and is the style we predominantly focus on at Latinissimo!

About Latinissimo

Latinissimo was first founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 specializing in street Latin dance. 2005 Latinissimo relocated to Auckland, New Zealand.

Directed by World Salsa Champion Giancarlo, Latinissimo as a school has performed, taught and competed across 4 continents, are multiple international and national champions and have produced two World Amateur Salsa Champions.

  • Latinissimo Dance New Zealand
  • 0210 29 88 164
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  • Candy Lane Studios, 44 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland
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