Unlike salsa, Bachata’s basic step pattern moves from side to side and incorporates a ‘tapping’ action at the end. The count you might use to stay in time with the music is ‘1, 2, 3, tap’. Of course, this is extremely simplified. Latin dance Bachata has an easy and accessible way to get started but can develop into many intricate foot movements, timing changes and is well known for its snake-like body movements.
We love Bachata so much that we have brought over Antonela and Emmanuel from Argentina to teach with us full time as our Bachata specialists in residence. Come and join the fun.
Here’s a video of some teachers dancing Bachata.
Looking for Bachata lessons? You’re not alone! Bachata is currently the most popular and sought after style in the world.
QuickSteps is at the forefront of this new wave with a brand new syllabus:
Bachata is a great beginner dance style. Many people start their dancing journey with Bachata, then later branch out to other Latin dance styles, such as Salsa, Cha Cha or Rumba.
Because of its popularity, we hold several Level 1 Bachata dance classes per week that anyone is welcome to join.
You can never ‘learn the Bachata’ to completion – it’s an evolving dance style. But how long will it take you to learn enough Bachata to be able to get out on the dance floor and Bachata socially? It depends on how much you practise, past experience and natural ability. If do a private lesson as well as 2 group classes a week you could be confidently asking people to dance at a Bachata club within 6-8 weeks. How long would it take to become a smooth and stylish Bachata dancer? For most people the 6 month mark starts feeling pretty good. Again, it all comes down to practice!
You can, but you certainly don’t need to. We have a unique system at QuickSteps where students have a choice whether they stay in a couple (suitable for couples) or move around the class (suitable for those coming solo). To read more about how this works, check out our blog article all about this topic.
Bachata, being one of our Latin ‘partner dance’ styles, needs a ‘lead’ and a ‘follow’. This means that one dancer, the lead (traditionally a man, but these days, no one cares) decides which step patterns are executed at which time and uses their arms and body movements to communicate this to the follower. The ‘follower’ (traditionally a lady, but these days, no one cares) uses their arms and body to give a small amount of resistance against the leader’s body in order to read how and when the leader is moving and what step patterns to do next in order to move in smooth unison with them. It sounds complicated but it’s like learning to drive. Once you get the hang of it you will play your role without thinking about it consciously.
More group Classes
QuickSteps has the most number of Bachata group classes suitable for beginners anywhere in Adelaide. Enjoy your first class for free. Book in your first Bachata group class for free
More Social Events
Bachata Práctica is Adelaide’s only weekly Bachata social event. Starting 8:30pm-10:30pm every week, it’s where all Adelaide Bachateros come to practise their Bachata.
We also host monthly Salsa and Bachata events.
Interstate and International Artists
Bachata is an ever evolving dance style, so it’s important QuickSteppers keep up with the latest trends. Several times per year, QuickSteps hosts some of the world’s foremost Bachata dances for workshops and private lessons
Other dance Styles
The QuickSteps philosophy is that everyone benefits from having several dance styles being taught under one roof.It’s more authentic this way – no dance styles evolved in isolation – all dance styles contain elements from other dance styles, so your Bachata dancing benefits from also learning other dance styles at the same time.
You’ll master Bachata at QuickSteps in 4 ways:
Workshops are held regularly here in Adelaide either with local, interstate or international teachers.
They are long 1-2 hour classes held back to back over a couple of days. So much fun and brilliant for your dancing!
Feel like traveling? There are also multiple opportunities to travel interstate for a dancing holiday to work on your Bachata such as the annual Level Up Festival in Brisbane run by Carlos and Chloe or Bailando in Sydney, or Adelaide’s only Bachata festival, Sensual Weekend held at QuickSteps
Choose Teacher Gender
Male or Female Teacher? If you’re learning as a couple, the gender of your teacher doesn’t matter. If you’re learning solo, women generally have male teachers, and men have female teachers. But we’re flexible.
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