The Bachata is a latin dance with simple footwork and strong hip movement. The music is romantic in nature and therefore the movement reflects the story of love and heartbreak.
The Bachata originated in the countryside of the Dominican Republic. The dance is a direct reflection of the music being played in the nightclubs during the 1960s. The Bachata has close ties to the Cuban Bolero.
The music of the Bachata is the root of the dance. The tempo is slow, approixmately 120 beats per minute and is played in 4/4. Bachata music can be referred to as latin 'blues' music. It usually tells the tale of sadness in love and is the most romantic genre of guitar music this century.
The Bachata has very basic and simple footwork that moves in a side to side or forward to back motion. The romantic character of the Bachata is achieved from the sensual hop and body actions. Good use of the knees helps produce the desired hip movement.