The other night at one of the big clubs in San Francisco the DJ played a bachata song during the band's break. Dozens of couples started busting out bachata moves as though they'd been doing it for years. Frankly, I was surprised considering how little bachata I hear in the clubs. I was wondering how they'd gotten so good when there are almost no classes here. I guess they picked up moves from people who had learned elsewhere or maybe they were just making things up (the way everyone does with merengue). A pair of instructors, Richard and Maria, had been teaching it Saturday nights at a place called Maiko in Berkeley. I took one of the classes, but I don't think that's still going on. It would be great to learn more of the dance, but there's very little going on around here. I've heard other people express the desire to learn more bachata. Maybe I should suggest to R&M that they organize an all-day bachata workshop or something. I'll bet it'd do well. How about where you all live? Do you hear much bachata when you go out dancing? Are there classes in your area? P.S. The day I learned bachata was symptomatic of what a dance addict I've become lately. I had spent all day at the Frankie Manning workshop weekend - 6 1/2 hours of lindy hop classes. Then I went over to Maiko for an hour's worth of bachata class, then 2 hours dancing salsa before I finally had to call it a night and get some rest.