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How to Do the Bachata Square

Learn how to do the bachata square from Latin Dance company Joel Salsa in this Howcast dance video.

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Edwin: Dancing bachata, this is how to do the bachata square. So we're going to start first by going to the left on the number one, we're going to go one and fourth, two, three and tap. Now we're going to go to the right. Right, back, middle and tap. Let's do it a little faster. We're going to go side, forward, middle tap. Side, back, middle tap. Side forward, middle tap. Side, back, middle tap. Now this step is very interactive. We're going to show it to you first from this angle, diagonal.

We can do it in close and open. We're going to start in close. We're going to go five, six, seven, and one, two, three tap, five, six, seven. Gentlemen, notice how I'm off to the ladies' side to avoid stepping on her feet and so she can have her own path when she goes forward. So always make sure we're protecting the ladies, especially their feet.

Five, six, seven, now we're going to try the open position. Three tap, five, six, seven tap. One, two, three tap, five, six, seven. Gentlemen, there is a little resistance that I give her, to guide her forward and back, to kind of lead her into the step. And ladies, you keep a nice little resistance that helps us to kind of push and pull, as well.

Daniela: Ladies, it's very important for you to collect your feet. When you're going back there's no tap there, but you collect your feet. You collect to go forward, tap. Collect to go back, even if there's no tap. Make sure you keep it sexy and clean. We don't want open legs when you are wearing a sexy dress.

Edwin: And gentlemen, just make sure that you're really marking the steps as you're going along. The ladies always show off their legs, but we're always there to mark for her just in case, at the end when we're ready to dance again she knows where we are, because I'm marking the timing for her, but I'm also guiding her with my posture. So now let's demonstrate it with some music. Tap, five, six, seven tap. One, two, three tap. Side forward. Side back. Now in an open position.

Daniela: Remember lades, don't forget about the resistance.

Edwin: And gentlemen, this is an interactive step, so again make sure you're interacting with your partner. Be playful. Smile at each other and that is your bachata square.

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