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Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. It is connected with bachata music. In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open , semi-closed or closed position. Dance moves or step variety strongly depend on the music such as the rhythms played by the different instruments , setting, mood, and interpretation. Unlike salsa , bachata dance does not usually include many turn patterns. Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. The basic dance sequence is performed in a full 8-count moving within a square, consisting of three steps and then a tap or various forms of step syncopations such as the "double step". The dance direction may change after the tap or fourth step. From the late s and onward, dancers in the Western world started creating novel dance forms inspired by bachata music.
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Dominican Republic. Your browser is not supported by this application. Inscribed in The music and dance of Dominican Bachata is a danceable musical expression, deriving from a fusion of rhythmic bolero with other Afro-Antillean genres such as Son, the Cha-cha-cha, Merengue, etc. The Dominican people consider the music and dance of Bachata as a vernacular cultural manifestation, omnipresent in community celebrations and social gatherings. In general, the lyrics of Bachata express deep, visceral feelings of love, passion and nostalgia. For its performance, Bachata traditionally requires a small group of musicians, who use one or two guitars as lead instruments electric guitars are widely used nowadays , and a percussion composed of bongos, maracas and a guiro accompanied by a bass. The music has four tempos per beat and usually one of the musicians is the lead singer. Since the element is an integral part of all traditional celebrations in the Dominican Republic, the dance is learnt spontaneously from a young age, but there are also over a hundred academies, studios and schools dedicated to its transmission. Password forgotten?
Bachata is a genre of Latin American music that originated in the Dominican Republic in the first half of the 20th century with primarily Spanish influences and also remnants of indigenous and African musical elements, representative of the cultural diversity of the Dominican Republic population. Bachata originates from bolero and son and later, from the mids, merengue. The original term used to name the genre was amargue "bitterness", "bitter music" or "blues music" , until the rather ambiguous and mood-neutral term bachata became popular. The form of dance, bachata , also developed with the music. The earliest bachata originated in the countryside of the Dominican Republic in the first half of the 20th century. The genre mixed the pan- Latin American style called bolero with more elements coming from son , and the troubadour singing tradition common in Latin America. During much of its history, bachata music was disregarded by Dominican elite and associated with rural underdevelopment and crime. As recently as the s, bachata was considered too vulgar, crude and musically rustic to be broadcast on television or radio in the Dominican Republic. In the s, however, bachata's instrumentation changed from nylon string Spanish guitar and maracas of traditional bachata to the electric steel string and guira of modern bachata. Bachata further transformed in the 21st century with the creation of urban bachata styles by bands such as Monchy y Alexandra and Aventura.