KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ORIGINS
Born in the Dominican Republic, Bachata was also known as Amargue (bitterness) around 1960 and the music was mostly about nostalgic feelings and/or heartbreak.
The main instruments of a Bachata song are the requinto (lead guitar), segunda (rhythm guitar), bass guitar, bongos and güira.
The first Bachata was recorded in 1961 by José Manuel Calderón. Back then, all the bachata songs sounded like a bolero. In fact, many of the songs were covers of old boleros. The only difference between bolero and Bachata is that bolero does not use a segunda.
From the 70’s till the 90’s, the bachata popularity grown exponentially by the hand of artist like Anthony Santos, Juan Luis Guerra or Monchy and Alexandra.
In 2002, Bachata reached the top thanks to Aventura with is world know hit “Obsesión”. Since then, Bachata has evolved very fast, so fast, that now we can difference 3 main streams; traditional or dominican, moderna and sensual.
From 11 December 2019, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) announced Bachata as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, being the second Dominican muscal genre after Merengue (announced in 2016).
BACHATA CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED?
BACHATA TOUCH STYLE
Created by Jorge “Ataca” Burgos and Tanya “La Alemana” Kensinger, this style focuses on musicality, connection and footwork.
Bachata Touch can be categorized as bachata moderna; a mix between Dominican and Sensual style, so there are elements of both.
We like to affirm that Bachata Touch mixed the best of the 3 streams, so you will learn crazy footwork, awesome partnerwork and some flings of sensual waves.
Musicality, creativity and connection will keep coming back in all levels (from beginners to advanced).
No matter what your bachata flavour is. Our goal is to teach you how to understand the music and use it in your benefit to have fun with everyone.