Cuban Bachata Classes in Cuba
Experience the diversity of Latin-American dance with bachata classes at the "Academia de Baile Ritmo Cubano". Cuba is the home of bachata, a dance style developed from the Cuban and Caribbean bolero. Today, bachata is a much loved form of Cuban dancing, as well as being popular across the world.
What is Bachata?
Bachata developed at the beginning of the 1960's as a form of Cuban and Caribbean bolero which originally served as romantic Latin-American guitar music to entertain romantic couples. Under the influence of merengue, bachata became increasingly understood as dance music, which brought diversity and an increase in tempo to the style.
You will learn about the 4/4-time rhythm during your bachata classes, which is influenced by the characteristic high and 'droning' sound of the guitars. The lyrics tend to speak of unrequited love, typically sung by male singers. In the 1970's and 80's, bachata was frowned upon in Cuban society and was considered vulgar. For these reasons it was associated with the lower social classes, poverty, crime and prostitution. Unlike merengue and salsa, bachata only started to gain popularity as a Cuban dancing form at the beginning of the 1990's.