Modern Bachata

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Modern 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. moderna is the next evolution of the dance based on the concept of the crosses. It incorporates different styles onto the bachata beat, for example, you can do bachata-tango steps, zouk basics, cha-cha moves and more! With Bachata Moderna your dance won’t be from side to side as the traditional bachata is, instead, you will move and flow on the dance floor with such ease!

With the development of the Bachata music and the new Urban Bachata movement led by bands such as Aventura, Domenic Marte, 4Ever, etc, the Bachata Moderna style started.

Bachata Moderna evolved from the Bachata (dance) traditional so dancers can create more intricate turn patterns and add more musicality to the dance.

THE CROSSES On each count of the Bachata beat, except for the tap count or the last count (4th count and 8th count), you can do a cross. A cross means that you will cross one foot, either in front or behind the other.

Cross on1: The most difficult of the crosses as it breaks the standard step of the traditional Bachata. Instead of going 4 counts the left and then 4 counts to the right, with the cross on1, the dancer can go 4 counts to the left and then continue another 4 counts to the left and so on. The same can happen on the opposite direction.

Cross on2: The easiest of the crosses as you keep the same left to right direction of the Bachata traditional. On the second count, the dancer does a cross either crossing one of the legs forward or backward.

Cross on3: The most elegant of the crosses as it looks like a tango step (“ocho”) even though it doesn’t follow the exact technique of the ocho. Instead of traditional step to going left to right, with the cross on3, the dancer moves backwards and forwards. On the first count the dancer will step to the side, on the second count, the dancer brings the feet together, on the third count the user crosses (either forward or back). The technique of the cross on3 can be resumed to: Step – Together/Direction – Cross/Lead – Heap.

Cross Over: the cross over is the move that the dancer takes to swap positions with the partner while stepping on each of the 4 counts.

Exit on1: this move is used to take the follower outside the “Bachata square”. The leader starts the move with a basic turn and on the 4th count, the dancer leads to an exit on1 on where both of the dancers step on the same direction where the lead started. So, the lead started going to the left on the first count, it will continue going to the left for the full 8 counts.

Zouk step: This move borrows from the basics of zouk. The hip/tap movement is removed from the step, to accommodate the zouk step. The dancer steps are like this: step – step – drag – pause.

Open Around The World: similar to the standard around the world move, where the dancers do a complete 360 together, with the Open around the world, both dancers can do a 360 but finish in different positions.

The About Turn: a very exciting move as it is based on the basic turn. While the lady does a basic turn, the male changes directions, so at the end of the turn, both dancers are facing the opposite direction from where they started. The About Turn creates a lot of movement and motion out of the basic turn.

Turn by the hip: This move is based on the Basic turn, but instead of the lady traveling during the basic turn, the lady steps on the spot. The male leads the turn by the hips, and while the lady is turning, the male moves around the lady, making her do a full turn and a half.

Juan and Samantha bachata moderna social dance

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