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Bachata is quite a new concept in India. While some are trying to bring authenticity with training, some are kind of confused about this dance style. There is a stigma, confusion and misconceptions which lead to some of fundamental factors going wrong on the dance floor!
Here are those misconceptions that need clearing up!
1. Bachata is essentially a close dance
Closed hold in Bachata is a matter of choice. It can be as close or as far as you want. Many students are told that Bachata dancing requires an extremely closed hold, which is not true. Even the closed hold in Bachata does not require you to hug the person you’re dancing with.
Sensual Bachata has a technique and it most definitely isn’t doing the whole dance hugging the other person!
Couples or people who are very comfortable with each other do dance Bachata close. Doesn’t mean they dance that way with everyone. Neither should you.
Make every Bachata you do different than the last one.
So many people don’t join Bachata classes with the fear of it being too close and so many people join Bachata classes with the joy of it being too close!
2. The leader has to lead with his thigh
Bachata, like many other Latin dances, initiates the lead through the frame the leader and follower create. The kind of frame that any other Latin dance has. Bachata is no exception.
There is no lead coming from the thigh of the guy. And because the students are told that way, people dance bachata with their legs entangled to make sure their thighs can connect 😀
Leaders lead from the frame. There are a very few specific leads which take support of the thigh lead along with upper body and hand lead. No lead can be and is meant to be executed only with one thigh!
3. The girls can’t do anything about the closeness
Girls, if you are uncomfortable with dancing Bachata in the closed hold, you can pull away / tell the guy you’re not comfortable. Just because he’s the leader doesnt mean you can’t do anything in an uncomfortable situation. Never think you HAVE to dance as close as leads you to be. Unless you want to
4. Bachata music requires you to dance in closed hold
Ever heard of the Guitar in Bachata songs? It plays insane patterns and variations. The entire song doesnt play on a single note with a single pattern. Even in the Urban Bachata, the vocalist creates so many highs and lows, the guitar section goes wild in the middle of the song. You can complement the music by doing footwork or interesting partnerwork. So your entire dance being in the closed hold is not the demand of the music! If you listen, Bachata music demands exactly the opposite of a 3 minute long closed hold dance.
5. Moon dip is an important part of Bachata
Social floors are crowded. You don’t want to put your partner’s face in sombody’s butt. Plus with lack of correct technique, this dip can break her back!
This goes for not only Bachata but all social dances. But moon dip seems to be particularly popular in Bachata!
6. Bachata is an easy dance
Bachata is easy if you think of it as a “one two three tap” dance. But there is so much more technique, so much more footwork, so much more partner connection, so much more musicality, and so much more partnerwork than what you see on the social floor. It is intricate, interesting and hard to master!
Guys, Bachata is not a free license to grind away. Otherwise you’d be doing Crotchata, not Bachata!
The music is amazing and there is a lot of learn in this dance style. Don’t let the misconceptions drive you away from it!
Written by –
Latin Dreamers Dance Project