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How to Bachata Dance in Time with the Bongo

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

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Bachata basic with the bongo. The bongo is one of the most important instruments in bachata. The sound of the bongo is going to go... so you have three hits and then the tock is the big hit with the hip, falls or the breaks. We're going to start by going to the left. Five, six, seven... and stop it right here.

From here we can definitely go forward and back or in place. Let's try it very slowly first without the music and then we're going to kick in. We're going to go one, two, three. Here you're going to use the ball of the foot to push up your hip and then we're going to go the other way for five, six, seven and eight.

So we have one, two, three and four. Five, six, seven and eight. One, two, three and four. Forward and back. And one, two, three and four. Five, six, seven and eight. One, two, three and four. And now in the center one, two, three and four. Five, six, seven and eight. One, two, three and four and stop it right there.

So first let's hear the bongo, so you can hear with the sounds and then we'll show you the steps. You have your three consecutive hits and then one on the top. We count them and it goes one, two, three hit. One, two, three hit, so that high hit is going to be connected to our tap. Let's demonstrate with the music. Five, six, seven tap. One, two, three hit. And forward and back. And last in the center and that is the bongo basic with bachata.

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