When was the last time you danced? The desire to dance is one of the most primitive and instinctual senses within human beings. It has been said the dancing is older than anything except eating, drinking, and love. These things are the rhythm of life… and rhythm is the basis of dancing! It is a fact that emotion does inspire the body to move. Society and conditioning have taught people to suppress this natural response, but this primal desire is there all the same. Even though you may have not danced in awhile, or ever at all, you do have this instinct imbedded inside you. So why not listen to those instincts and get out there and dance!
There are a number of dances that are available to learn and sometimes it can get a little confusing as to which dance best suits an individual’s preference. What type of music do you like? Do you want to be able to dance anywhere, from clubs to weddings? Would you like to reconnect with your partner? Today, we’re going to talk about ballroom dancing and, more specifically, a sensual Latin dance called the Bachata.
An increasing amount of people are becoming more interested in Bachata dancing, as there are so many advantages to learning this dance and becoming familiar with the music. Some of the many benefits involve building confidence, learning a new skill, making new acquaintances, as well as, improved hand and eye coordination. For many fans, Bachata is simply a form of entertainment or escapism with enchantingly exotic music and intimate dancing. What a great way to reconnect with your partner or connect with someone new!
OK, so what exactly is the Bachata? Bachata is a both a dance and a style of Latin music from the Dominican Republic. It has elements of other Latin genres and styles and is relatively new, emerging from the rural areas of the Dominican Republic in the 1950’s. Bachata songs are often about country living and love, both passionate romance and hurtful heartbreaks- it is very similar to the American blues. Even though Bachata dancing is different from Salsa or Merengue, the intensity and sensuality is just as strong, if not more so.
Because of its humble origins and subject matter, the Bachata was not popular at first. It was originally considered music for the poor and uneducated. This, however, didn’t stop the Bachata artists who continued playing and writing songs for their few faithful fans. As the years passed Bachata music evolved, borrowing styles and rhythms from modern genres like Latin pop music. Today, Bachata has gained popularity and recognition- it has left the rural countryside of the Dominican Republic and is now popular in major cities throughout the world!
Sound intriguing? Let Dance FX Studios, Arizona’s leading private ballroom dance studio, located near Tempe and Chandler, help you to become skilled in Bachata dancing. We are available for private lessons Monday-Friday, from 12-8 and Saturday, from 11-4. Give us a call at 480.968.6177 to begin this new and exciting adventure!
At Dance FX Studios, in Mesa, AZ, we have helped so many people learn to ballroom dance-including styles such as Country, Swing, Latin, and Argentine Tango. We have changed apprehensive and self-conscious beginners to confident and competent dancers and would love to do the same for you! A great way to get started with Latin dance lessons is with our Introductory Offer, for only $40 per couple or single. This one hour lesson is all we need to show you how much fun learning to dance can be for anyone. Learning to dance is a skill you can use anywhere, for any occasion, and is something you will have with you throughout your life. How many other things can offer you that? Add a little passion into your life with Bachata dance lessons or another style of your choice-either way, you’ll be enjoying a hobby that will keep you moving for years to come.