Bachata!

dansah

New Member
#82
I have what is likely a very basic question, but as a follow in bachata, am I moving my own shoulders at all? Or is it just relaxing and letting shoulders/rib cage be moved the whole time? How much pressure should I be feeling as my shoulders/rib cage are moved? never really been taught bachata, so I don't know which of the dances I've danced would be considered "okay," "bad," or "good" by any one else's standards.

And I love how you all are describing how sensual the dance is without it being sexual. I have a new appreciation for Bachata! If only I spoke spanish, I might have gotten that from the lyrics before now.
Definitely led from the ribcage. Practice ribcage isolations back and forth. Also, I think it looks better for a guy to be moving his upper body rather than wiggling his hips. Obviously, as Englezul says the hips can lead the dance but I'd be careful about doing that when you're just learning.

Someone also asked about web locations for bachata instruction. bachatarueda.com is great. Jorge's DVD's are quite well done.
 
#84
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wdSeG_ZrwDo
Jump to 1minute in to avoid the dull intro. I believe this first guy has the syncopation, in buckets. I've tried to do this for a whole song. Tricky, but lots of fun to try. Need to get that move at 1:27 down ;)

I like the intro, "Dominican's don't really like all the crazy turns."

Bachata has a heavy 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &.
The percussion (sounds like bongos in most) often emphasises the 4 (on the hebra), a beat on 1,2,3, with the 4th bar of a phrase having quater notes (on the macho) for emphasis. (In fact it sounds very much like a martillo.)

I've not seen any videos on youtube teach it, and very few "teachers" actually do it.
 
#88
I agree Swannie. That first guy in the red T-shirt is great, and the drop/turn at 1:27 is awesome!!

And in the second video, I really like that Susana Montero. She is terrific! I love the way she moves her hips and legs, and when she takes her right leg and slides it on the floor behind her in an arc shape.
 
#89
See that's the thing. It isn't about being sexaul, it's more about the connection, letting go, emotions, there so much more. Bachata music its self is dark and depressing. When you dance to it try thinking more about the times in your life when you needed someone there, NOW is the time when they're there. So let the emotion of the music, the energy of the floor, and your own life move as one as your partner is doing the same. It's a time that the dance is used to heal old scares, so let go and DANCE.

best post ever, thank yOU!!!
 
#92
I've grown to really love dancing bachata. The music in fact does nothing for me (and I suspect it never will), but the dance itself I now love, especially once I found a man who dances it really well, who's a great lead, and with whom I found a wonderful connection. When we dance the bachata together, we are like one sinewy body moving in sync. I also feel that bachata gives me a bit more license to be intimate and sexy with someone on the dance floor, than say salsa does...
 

Sagitta

Well-Known Member
#99
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wdSeG_ZrwDo
Jump to 1minute in to avoid the dull intro. I believe this first guy has the syncopation, in buckets. I've tried to do this for a whole song. Tricky, but lots of fun to try. Need to get that move at 1:27 down ;)

I like the intro, "Dominican's don't really like all the crazy turns."

Bachata has a heavy 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &.
The percussion (sounds like bongos in most) often emphasises the 4 (on the hebra), a beat on 1,2,3, with the 4th bar of a phrase having quater notes (on the macho) for emphasis. (In fact it sounds very much like a martillo.)

I've not seen any videos on youtube teach it, and very few "teachers" actually do it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krw7kg7cRDg This guy shows the 1, 2 cha cha cha as a shine, but if you watch youtube videos a lot of people do this little syncopation in doing bachata Dominican style. Could work well as part of teaching people...
 

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