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Bachata Music and Dance Go Hand in Hand

Bachata music is a form of music and dance style that originated in the barrios of the Dominican Republic. Every culture has their music, and although
salsa, merengue and other styles of romantic music are prevalent in the Dominican Republic, Bachata is one of the more prevalent types.


Bachata Music History and Background
While other forms of music are about happiness and romance, Bachata is as well but in a different way. Bachata music usually speaks of heartache and
unrequited love; it has a bitter tone to it that comes from those who made the music in such a mood and it was not the type of music created or played
by those who were of high social status in the Dominican Republic, at any point in time. As a matter of fact, historically speaking Bachata music is the
music of peasants and servants who may or may not be fed up with their lifestyle.

Bachata music originally was forged in the early 1960s and many said it was inspired by some of the works of the Beatles. Even before that point in time,
the beginnings of Bachata music were being laid, with the combination of Latin guitar and merengue and salsa all combined into one. As a matter of
course, this is a type of music that female singers and musicians rarely take part in. Most of the people who create and perform Bachata music are
those of the male persuasion and this rings true even today.

It was not until 1961 that Bachata music received its very first form of official recognition. Jose Manuel Calderon is the first man to record a single that is
popularly regarded as Bachata in nature. Before then, bolero campesino is how every bit of music of this type was regarded. The then-dictator, Rafael
Trujillo, had a hold on the music industry but after his death, there was more freedom to express oneself when it came to music, and all of the ‘peasant’
musicians were able to come out of hiding.

These days, Bachata music is popular with Latin people all over the world, but it wasn’t always this way. It was just one of the rare forms of dance and
music that emerged from Dominican neighborhoods, but over the past few decades it has began to take shape and establish its presence in everyday life
and the music world.

Bachata Dance
Bachata music and Bachata dance go hand in hand, and that is as it should be. Just as Bachata music is simple and uncomplicated, Bachata dance is
as well with a series of the simplest of steps, moving front to back or side to side. While the foot movements and foot work are simple enough, it is the
upper body and the legs that add the flavor and style to the dance, if such is deemed necessary.

While men may perform the music, women and men alike take part in Bachata dancing. It is a dance of sensuality and seduction, relating strongly with
its roots in heartache and bitterness and unrequited love.

Bachata Music and New York City
When it comes to the Latin American culture in New York City, Bachata music and dance are extremely popular. Aventura is the name of one of the very
first official Bachata music bands, and they recorded their music in New York City, establishing a presence for this genre in the area. In the New York
version of Bachata music, the music is heavily influenced by American schools of music, like rhythm and blues and hip hop. At the same time, they
broke the mold by using a female singer for their songs, blowing the image of male Bachata musicians out of the water.

These days, there is a great deal that sets Bachata music apart from other types of music, but it is the dominance of the genre in the United States that
is beginning to help the genre get established. These days, Bachata music sounds different from salsa, bolero, and merengue when it used to be hard to
tell the difference. At the same time, the music and the dance still maintain their elements of Latin-ness that these other genres have managed to
maintain.

Bachata music and Bachata dance are an important part of Latin American culture and a vital aspect of Dominican culture and history. While it has made
many changes over the years, it still remains the music of the Dominican Republic.