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Histoy and origin of bachata

We all know Bachata, but how many of us really know the origin of Bachata music and dancing?

If you are reading this article, you will know that this latin musical genre has its origins in the Dominican Republic. So far we have not said anything that surprises you, but did you know that the origins of bachata were marked by contempt, repudiation and repression? Continue reading this article and you will find details that will surprise you!

Origin of bachata

Bachata emerged during the 1960 in the poorest neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic: bars and brothels. This caused that at the beginning it was rejected by the highest social classes of that time, to the point that it was considered vulgar and without style.

Before the appearance of this musical genre, the name “bachata” symbolized the gathering of friends or family members who organized in the Dominican Republic when they congregated in the courtyard of their houses to make a barbecue or to talk. Each of them took an instrument and began to play. That is to say, it was synonymous with party, music, friends, family, dance and revelry.

Subsequently, the musical genre would adopt the name of bachata since it was in these meetings of friends and families where it all began.

Born in the marginal areas of the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. It is considered as a derivative of the bolero, with influences of Cuban son and merengue. He has currently declined his popularity towards other more current styles such as traditional, sensual or urban bachata.

Evolution of bachata styles

Although all bachata styles have the same basic with four strokes, starting with the left leg of the boys and with the right leg of the girls, there are many differences between all the different styles of bachata. Here we summarize what has been the evolution of this dance originally from the Dominican Republic but consolidated by the sensual style in Spain.

Dominican Bachata

This was born in the marginal areas of the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. It is considered as a derivative of the bolero, with influences of Cuban son and merengue. He has currently declined his popularity towards other more current styles such as traditional, sensual or urban bachata.

Traditional Bachata

One of the most popular styles until the appearance of sensual bachata. It is a type of bachata originally from the United States and Europe in which the romantic connection is mixed with hip blows in times 4 and 8. Thanks to the style of international dancers Ataca and the German (among many others), the traditional bachata It has been known worldwide.

Sensual Bachata

One of the most popular variations of bachata is sensual bachata. It has its origin in Cádiz, Spain and combines body movements such as waves, hip twists and dissociations. It is a more sensual and delicate style where the connection to dance is much sought. You can get free course of bachata sensual by Peter & Lili here.

Urban Bachata

This type of bachata is practically new. Combine the rhythms of bachata with street hip-hop styles. Their movements are not so sensual, but the music strokes are accentuated much more than in other types of styles, making the dance more visible in certain songs with musicality and rhythm changes. One of the most recognized couples in urban bachata is Miguel and Rocío.

Bachata Flow

Another newly created style that originated with Abdel and Lety is bachata flow.

Creative bachata

Finally, the last bachata style that has emerged after Darío and Sara, is the creative bachata style. Where they combine very original hand and foot movements with the basics of traditional and sensual bachata, making a social dance much more fun.

I hope you have known all the bachata styles that exist today. Although many include them in the “fusion bachata”, we wanted to explain a little more these styles that, if they are also fusion, are different from each other.

If you want to learn to dance each of these styles, I recommend you take a look at our online courses with the best instructors of the moment. See you on the dance floor!

Our bachata online courses

Fusion bachata

By Darío y Sara

Sensual bachata

By Peter and Lili

Bachata Flow

By Abdel y Lety