Dancing The Tone Down Hip Movement in Bachata

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Dancing The Tone Down Hip Movement in Bachata


El hombre dominicano es machista, quiere que sus órdenes sean cumplidas. Pero a sus mujeres no les gusta cumplirlas, y de alli vienen sus pleitos. Bachata es una defensa de los hombres.

http://www.bachateros.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jaxen-of-rhythm-id-w-lin-of-malaysian-salsa-festival.jpgOn behalf of Expert Village, my name is Rodney Lopez and I'm Amelia Maldonado. We're here at Dance Manhattan Studios here in New York City, and we're teaching you bachata. Now we'll bring the same step into closed position and we're going to sort of tone down the hip movement. The idea is, as Amelia said earlier, we want to sort of be a little bit close. It's a very intimate dance. The idea is we're very close to each other as we're dancing it. If you're not comfortable, you're dancing with a stranger, don't feel obligated to get that close. You can certainly dance in a regular ballroom hold. If you know the person you're dancing with and you're comfortable dancing close, that's fine. We're going to start the same way, but now we're going to sort of tone down the movement. We're just going to go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. My foot isn't coming up off the ground so much. 7, 8, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. What I'm doing is I'm bringing my right foot and my right leg in between her legs a little bit. That way it's easier for us to get that contact. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.


Bachata is a very hot dance today, and it is being danced in a variety of different clubs. Even if you already know how to dance the Bachata, more than likely you are going to need to step it up a notch to get noticed in the clubs. If you want to be a hit, you are going to step up your current knowledge so that you can take your dancing to a new level. When it comes to advanced Bachata dancing, there are a variety of things to keep in mind. You want it to be creative and inventive, and you also want to make sure you are always on beat, connecting with your partner, and able to pull of some more advanced dance moves.

Use Your Entire Body

Although the steps of Bachata dancing are quite simple, if you want to get into advanced bachata dancing you are going to need to use your entire body. While the steps are a simple 1,2,3, touch, which is a simple 4/4 rhythm to follow, once you get the steps down, the rest of your body needs to follow. To become an advanced Bachata dancer, you are going to need to use your hips and your legs as well as your feet. Your legs should move seductively with your feet and your hips should be swaying with the music as well. While you can do the steps without the hip motion, you will not get the passionate look of the true Bachata without putting the hip movement into the dance as well.

Synchronize and Feel the Music

Since the music to the Bachata is a simple 4/4 time, it is easy to get on beat with the music. However, once you are on beat and synchronized with the music, then you need to actually feel the music. Although there are specific steps that are included in the Bachata, this is a dance that allows you a lot of room for your own interpretation. This means that you can take your body wherever the music leads you. If you start to feel the music, you will be able to start performing the Bachata in innovative and creative ways rather then just simply stepping out the beat of the music. One thing that may help you to get in sync with the music is to listen to Bachata music even when you are not dancing. This will help you to get the rhythm in your head so you will be able to better feel this style of music when you dance.

Sharpen Your Technique

After you have mastered the simple and essential steps of Bachata dancing, then it is time to sharpen your technique and start adding some more advanced movements to your dancing. One great technique that you can add to your Bachata dancing to make it look more advanced is leg hooks.  Instead of just holding on the 4th beat of the music, this is a more advanced technique where you and your partner smoothly hook legs together. It can be a bit tricky to learn, but it looks great once you get it all together. Taking your dancing a step up to a closed embrace also takes your Bachata dancing to a new advanced level as well. There are various enclosed embraces that you can add to your dancing to make it look hot and it will also enhance the passion between you and your partner as well.

Connecting With Your Dance Partner

Speaking of your dance partner, if you want to become a more advanced Bachata dancer you are going to need to work on connecting with your partner.  Remember, the Bachata is a dance about heat, sensuality, and passion, and you need to bring out these feelings in your dancing. Unless you connect with your dance partner, you will be unable to show these feelings during your dance. Be sure that you stay together and women need to be sure that they follow their dance partner instead of trying to lead. Also, turn up the heat between the two of you and make the Bachata hot and steamy. Once you have that connection going on, it is going to become easier for you to do more advanced moves together.

Creativity is Important
While there are specific dance steps to the Bachata, this is a dance that allows you to have a lot of room to be creative. While there are many great moves that people use universally while they are Bachata dancing, don’t be afraid to create your own sensual movements as well. Bachata is a dance of the people and it is constantly evolving over time, so go ahead and have some fun and get creative when you dance the Bachata.

Dance it Naturally

While you want to get to a more advanced level of Bachata dancing, you never want to make your dancing look stiff or forced. You should dance this dance very naturally and let it flow. Usually beginners will dance this dance in a more stiff manner, but for a look that is more advanced, you should no longer be looking stiff but you should be loose and light on your feet.

Practice Your Bachata Dancing
If you want to become a more advanced Bachata dancer, one of the best things you can do is to practice. Once you learn some new advanced moves, make sure that you practice them over and over until you can perform them smoothly. The more you practiced the better you are going to get and soon you’ll be a Bachata dancer that is impressing others when you go dancing in the Latin clubs.


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