Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to spend your saturday evening: Bachata Dance Class

Straight off the bat, what is Bachata dancing?

Basically, Bachata is a style of dance tha t originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world.

The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion , ended by a tap on the 4th beat just like in other Latin dances (salsa etc.). The knees should be slightly bend so the performer can sway the hips easier. The movement of the hips is very important because it's a part of the soul of the dance. Generally controlled full body movement is crucially important in the dance, but most of it comes from the hips. In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open or closed position , depending on the lead’s comfort position. Dance moves, or step variety, during performance strongly depends on the music (such as the rhythms played by the different instruments), setting, mood, and interpretation. Unlike Salsa (the most traditional Latin Dance), Bachata does not require many complex turns; although they are very well used when the musicality is understood and interpreted correctly. The leading is done just like in most other dances, with a “pushing and pulling” hand communication. If this is done correctly, the follower should clearly understand the intended direction. Although there is a lot of body movement in Bachata dancing, the hand communication is better understood when most of the movement is performed by the lower body (from waist down); i.e. hips and footwork.

Sounds complex right? Not with this instructor in Kuwait.

A three and a half year pro, the lovely, talented Deniz Çerinan(pronounced Sherry-non) has taken her talent to Kuwait and started a Bachata Dance Class.

They meet every saturday for one hour, from 7 to 8pm, at the British Institute of Vocational Training (BIVT) [if you are coming from Blajat St (extension of Gulf Road), take the right near Pizza Hut, Restaurants St, and take the second right on that street (it is as if you are heading to the roundabout with NBK and Geant) you should see their sign, right next to Farah Restaurant]

Salmiya, Block 3, Street 5, Building 3.

You can send your emails to for more information etc.

It is a great dance to learn, a little demonstration of what Bachata dancing is like:

See you there :)

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