Heat things up with some Bachata!
Wednesdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd
(Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza)
♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginner (4 Week Program starts this day!)
♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Intermediate 1 (4 Week Program starts this day!)
♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Intermediate 2
♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Advanced (New Every Week!)
No partner? No problem!
No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go!
First Month Special:
♬ Unlimited Beginner Classes: just $25, or
♬ OR Unlimited Classes (All Levels): just $35
(Specials include both Salsa & Bachata classes!)
♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID)
♬ Any 4 classes: $35
♬ Any 10 classes: $60
♬ Any 20 classes: $100
What is Bachata?
Bachata was born in the back alleys of the Dominican Republic countryside where broken hearted cowboys would go to find love. The beautiful music, with it's distinct bongo beat, base, & plucky guitar riffs, is a decedent of bolero & traditional African son. The country's dictator Rafael Trujillo tried to repress the "scandalous" dance, banning the recording of bachata music. This bad stigma on bachata lingered with the upper class for many years after Trujillo was assassinated in 1961. It wasn't until the early 90's that this curse was fully broken by Romeo Santos & his boyband Aventura in New York. The group revolutionized the music, infusing it with R&B to create "Modern Bachata." Almost overnight, this new flavor exploded around the world, & now rivals salsa in popularity. The dance developed alongside the music, infusing spins inspired by salsa dancers. People couldn't get enough bachata, so DJs began remixing pop songs with bachata beats. In Spain, dancers Korke & Judith created "Sensual Bachata," known for it's body rolls & isolations. Various other styles have developed, but the music, has stayed true to its origins, still passionately portraying love & heartache.
We at DSJ are firm believers that, in order to adequately express the music, a good bachatero must be fluent in the 3 main styles of bachata: traditional, modern, & sensual. We start students off with modern & gradually add traditional & sensual elements throughout our program.
More About Our Classes!
♦ Beginner & Essential Techniques!
Whether you're brand new to bachata, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, your journey to becoming a suave bachatero begins here! This fun progressive program has all the essentials from the very basics, to inside turns, alardes, baskets, & hamerlocks. Everything you need to hit the dance floor!
♦ Intermediate Bachata I
Think you've mastered the Beginner class? Take your lead/follow to the next level, add some new moves, & start applying musicality! This intensive progressive program includes sways, digs, slides, Dominican box, 360s, outside turns, carryovers, enchuflas, & more! This program also includes a first look at traditional bachata, & ends with the sensual bachata hold.
♦ Intermediate Bachata II
Level up your bachata & learn how to incorporate sweet new elements from traditional, modern, & sensual bachata including grapevines, cross turns, about turns, doubles, sway turns, prep turns, body rolls, rib cage rolls, knee leads, outside box, fancy footwork, sweet dips, & more! Leave looking like a pro & ready to tackle the advanced class!
♦ Advanced Bachata Patterns
New Every Week! Looking to spice up your bachata game?
We've got endless fancy new moves for you! Keep things fresh with new variations & smooth combinations, complete with some extra sassy styling for the ladies!
Director Ally Knight: (904)[masked] (text or call)
See you on the dance floor!