Bachata is a slow Latin dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is based on an ancient African dance rhythm known as 'Ibo' brought over by slaves stolen from the Nigerian Kwa tribe in the early 1800s.

Bachata is similar to Bossa Nova, but its lyrics are almost always about heartbreak or unrequited love. Known as "la música de amargue" (the music of bitterness), it developed as music for the poorest neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic.

When dancing Bachata, three steps are taken to four beats of music. As with Salsa, the step timing is three steps and then a one-beat pause. The basic footwork pattern is three steps in one direction (side-close-side) and then a hip motion. The basic step is easy. As with all Latin dances, the hard part is getting the body action. Without the hip and body action, you are not dancing the Bachata. Bend your knees and practice that hip bump.


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