Intimidated by Salsa? Try Starting with Bachata!
If you’ve ever found yourself watching two partners dancing salsa on Dancing with the Stars or gazing at the dance floor at your favorite restaurant’s salsa night and thinking, “I could never do that!”, you’re not alone. Salsa is an incredibly beautiful dance style, but its quick and fluid movements can definitely be intimidating to the uninitiated. Don’t misunderstand the point—you certainly can learn to salsa dance if you really put your mind to it, even if you’ve never danced before. That being said, maybe you’ve caught yourself wishing that there was a better place to start—some kind of dance style that could prepare you for the rhythms of salsa without forcing you to dive in to the deep end of the pool right away. If this sounds like you, have you looked into bachata? Bachata comes from the Dominican Republic and is generally danced to slightly slower beats than salsa. The music is romantic and full of the rich sounds of Dominican guitar. Most importantly for beginners, the basics of bachata dancing are much simpler than those of salsa. This doesn’t mean that experts don’t take things to the next level, but it does mean that you can feel perfectly comfortable on the bachata dance floor very quickly! Besides being an excellent dance in its own rite, another great thing about bachata is that it can help you set the foundation to become a proficient salsa dancer. Bachata dancing will help you get used to that Latin rhythm that runs underneath each salsa track and you can incorporate the moves you’ve learned dancing the bachata right into your salsa arsenal. Does this sound too good to be true? It most certainly is not. If you aspire to be a great dancer but you don’t feel ready to try salsa, look into bachata. It will help open your mind (and body) to the world of Latin dance, and before you know it you’ll be a master of two great dances instead of one.