How to Bachata Dance in Time with the Guitar

Learn how to dance bachata in time with the guitar from Latin Dance company Joel Salsa in this Howcast dance video.

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Learn how to bachata -- a sensual dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic -- with the help of two professional dance instructors from Latin Dance Company Joel Salsa in New York City. In these dance videos, you'll learn the basic bachata dance steps and turns and how to put them together for a sexy bachata dance routine.

 
 

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Edwin: Guitar timing in bachata, so the guitar is the dominant instrument in the bachata, and it is also called the requinto. The sound of it is going to go... You're going to notice that the steps are going to be more stacked up and a little bit faster. Let's demonstrate that slow first. Five, six, seven and one and two and three, tap, five and six and seven, tap... Step, step, step, break. Step and step and step, break. Step and step and step, break. Step and step and step. So to break it down, first you need to make sure that you feel light on your feet. Make sure that you don't plant your heels. Don't make yourself extra heavy and all you're doing is kind of like tiptoeing to the side so we're going to go, step, step, step, break. Step, step, step, break. Very important that we switch sides on the break, so that we can go to the other way. Tap step, step, step, switch step, step, step and switch. Daniela: And for ladies, we can always remember we have our hips, move them, so when you're doing this step your buttocks are moving out. So step, step, step, tap. Step, step, step, tap. You can also use your hands, place it on your waist or coming off. Once again, feel sexy. Edwin: And gentlemen, you can also use your hands to maybe follow the ladies or roll your hands in front or shoulders. Feel free to explore different things that you can do with your upper body, so that you don't feel stiff on the top. And that is your guitar timing. Let's try it with the music. What we're listening is for... And five, six, seven and make sure you're switching direction, so you're going this way to the left tap, and switch, and that is your guitar timing in bachata.

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  • Joel Salsa

    Joel Salsa is a Latin dance company based in NYC offering many different styles and levels of dances such as salsa, bachata and zumba. Their instructors are professional and classes are taught not only with numbers, but with authentic music to give students a deeper understanding of how to feel the rhythm and interpret it into steps and partner work. This is what gives Joel Salsa a very different vibe from other dance companies that allows them to stand out from the rest!