Traditional Bachata Styles
Traditional dance can’t be absolutely homogeneous. People from different regions and social classes dance different. The dance of old generation, who was young in 60s-70s, has a lot of changes in comparison with modern generation. We will not discuss all differences here. It can be interesting only for folklore specialists and explorers. Let’s look at the styles which you will meet on Dominican Flow Fest. Styles that differ so much that we can separate it on dance classes.
General style - sometimes we refer to this style as Santo Domingo Style by name of Dominican Republic capital city where a lot of people from different regions and social groups was mixed. General style is bachata in general, like common way of dancing. The bunch of concepts, rules and movements which give you possibility to fill yourself confident at any party in the Dominican Republic dancing with local partners.
(hint: pay attention to the very different style of couple on the right on the video and read further)
Bonao Style is intrinsic to central agricultural and industrial region. Bonao is the town in this region. Bonao is very known for the love to bachata. By name of this town we started to call this style. Style is defined by more wide steps and traveling by dance floor and also not typical for bachata in general fast turns and couple footworks.
Batey Style. Batey is a name of a small villages where sugarcane plantation workers live. Batey style is intrinsic for people from “bateys” on the west from Santo Domingo. Hard life of this people influences their dance. It’s more aggressive, hot and sharp. They use specific base steps, turns, blocking of partner during footworks. Also they prefer more fast music with spicy lyrics.
PS: We didn’t use videos of professional dancers to show bachata in natural conditions from people on parties in the Dominican Republic.
Thanks to Adam Taub for great videos and proofreading.