One of the most popular partnered dance nowadays in clubs. Very sensual. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. Generally, most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body moves much less. Bachata is a dance, done by a person with another, to express the feelings one has for a specific other. It is believed by most, that the more smoothly and more frequently the hips are used and moved, the more feelings the individual has for the other. With that said bachata originated as a sort of “mating call,” if you were selected for a dance of bachata, you were chosen as a mate, two dances with the same individual, “sealed the deal.”

In classes a choreographed sequence is generally taught, but in practice it is an improvised dance.

A popular dance rythm from the Dominican Republic. Often typified by a jangly guitar line and simple arrangements played in 4/4 time. The basic bachata move is a side to side step with the partner held close. The dancers change directions after the fourth beat.