Do you listen to bachata? What kind of bachata dance style is your favorite? Are you taking bachata dance classes? Or, if you haven’t heard much about bachata dance at all, I am going to suggest some irresistible songs which are ideal for you to get to know bachata a little more.
But first I would like to say a quick “thank you” to my older brothers for introducing me to ALL kinds of music when I was a kid growing up in Honduras. Ever since I became a dance instructor and started teaching as a hobby, I have found myself being fond of this passionate, romantic, and exciting dance.
This is the kind of dance that teaches you to become more in touch with your inner self, and it is also a great way to connect with your dance partner on a more personal level than you can with Salsa or any other Latin dance.
The dynamics are very different between Salsa and Bachata. Salsa is on point and relies heavenly on technique, frame, precise timing, and execution. Bachata, on the other hand, shares some of the same demands as Salsa but it is more forgiving, allows for more flexibility, creates a more intimate connection with your dance partner, and develops full body motion.
I want to share with you one of my favorite quote when it comes to the topic of music
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley
When did bachata dance start?
Bachata dance was born in the Dominican Republic, starting from the Latin American bolero, in the 1930s and 1940s. Today this dance is still very strongly present in all Caribbean countries and has spread throughout the world thanks to its sensual, melodic, and romantic rhythms.
If you looking for additional information about Bachata check out the wikipedia article here.
I have learned that the origins of bachata went through four stages before it came to be a mainstream dance around the world
Any bachata dancer should know?
- First stage. Jose Manuel Calderon is the undisputed figure in the early 1960s. With a marginal character in the beginning (it was considered irreverent music), little by little it spread throughout the Caribbean island.
- Second stage. It happens between the 70s and 80s, a musical decade in which bachata is extended and refined, with artists of the stature of Leonardo Paniagua, Mélida Rodríguez “La Sufrida”, and Luis Segura, giving the bachata a much more refined touch.
- Stage three. It is the phase of its international expansion. In the 1990s, bachata began to be digitized and known all over the world, thanks to Teodoro Reyes, Zacarías Ferreiras and Luis Vargas, among others.
- Fourth stage. This is the present moment. Some very influential names in the current music scene are spreading bachata with records and concerts in different countries. It is necessary to quote the popular Romeo Santos, Juan Luis Guerra, Daniel Santacruz and Prince Royce.
Thanks to the current artists mentioned above, bachata dance and songs have a huge presence in today’s Latin music market and aren’t going anywhere any time soon, if you ask me.
Anyways, this is the list I use to get people really motivated to listen and to dance bachata.
The list for bachata dance music for your bachata dance classes
When you find yourself playing some bachata dance music and feeling like indulging yourself with a little dance solo or practicing with your dance partner, remember to put some meaning to the music and use your full body motion to express your emotions.
As I said before, the connection between dance partners is truly an amazing experience. Safety between partners is extremely important, for this could make or break your dance!
Respect the limits of your partner, but also respect your own limits when you start getting too sensual during the dance.
Bachata dance is here to stay. You, bachata dancers, continue to keep it alive, keep it safe, and keep it fun.
“Even though you’re growing up your dancing, you should never stop having fun in the process.” – Ricardo
What other bachata song you think we need to add to the list?
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PS. I have written an article about the guilt-free Latin songs to enrich your knowledge on music click this link.