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Bachata Dance Off

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Get ready to move your feet to smooth Bachata beats AND win lots of great prizes! Every night will host a Bachata Dance Off: La Bamba – March 24; Ranchos – March 27; Son Latino – March 28.

Bachata is a dance that originated from the Dominican Republic and is now popular worldwide! Cuban Bolero, the Merengue Salsa and Cumbia have influenced both the music and the dance.

José Manuel Calderón is credited with recording the first Bachata songs on May 30, 1962. These early recordings will hardly be recognized as Bachata today. Gradually, Bachata evolved in style and popularity when, in 1992, Juan Luis Guerra won a Grammy for his album Bachata Rosa.

Internationally, one of the most popular Bachata singles is "Obsesión" played by the Dominican group Aventura. Locally, popular Bachata performers are Antony Santos and Luis Vargas. Other notables include Raulin Rodriguez, Zacarias Ferreira, Frank Reyes, Monchy and Alexandra, Domenic Marte, Xtreme, Andy Andy, Leonardo Paniagua, Los Toros Band and Joe Veras, and you will hear many of these songs being played on the three competition nights.

Bachata music has four beats per measure. In Bachata dancing, the knees are flexed on the steps and the steps are flat footed. The chasse basic is three steps in one direction (side-close-side-tap or touch) and the same pattern in the other direction. Nightclub dancers add a lift or hip motion on the tap/touch step to add a bit of swag. The walking basic is similar, with the dancers walking forward and back rather than side-to-side.

It is a simple dance to learn, though some more advanced moves and turns can take a bit of practice. We suggest starting now so you can also have a chance to win a few great prizes next week. The best couple will be chosen at each location. Prizes include free tickets to the Sabor Latino Show III. Grand prizes include two smartphones and $1,000 in cash! Get ready to side-close-side-tap or touch!

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