last week I was in a kind of bachata mood. Bachatea took place in Madrid, so my timeline was full of videos of performances, workshop and socials from Madrid. And I kept asking myself why I’ve never fallen in love with bachata on the social dancefloor as much as I am crazy about dancing salsa. Because the truth is: I love bachata – all styles.
When I started with bachata 1.5 years ago the first video I saw was a video of Daniel & Desiree and gee I simply loved it. So intense, so sensual. I wanted that. And Dominican. I wanted to learn and dance all the styles, so I took classes and did workshops. But nearly EVERY time I went to social dances (at that time in Berlin) reality hit me very hard.
- Guys were throwing me around like a doll – as my spine was not existing.
- Guys were trying doing dips with me without asking or knowing my dance level before.
- Guys were doing dips with me but couldn’t hold their own balance or didn’t have the core stability.
- Guys were FORCING me into positions, pushing my back down as I was about to give them a blo*j**. WTF!
- Guys were expecting me to do hot body rolls without leading anything and leaving the dance floor with a very disappointed face.
- Guys were expecting me to dance the choreography they learnt in class. Well, I haven’t attended their dance class. So …. ^^.
- Guys were all dressed like Daniel (Don’t get me wrong. Attractive guy. But seriously. Same shirt. Same style. Boooring)
- Guys weren’t asking me at all because I wasn’t wearing belly free tshirts, had short hair and refused to buy one of these red-black lumberjack shirts.
Then I was looking around and saw the woman dancing.
- Women also looked nearly all the same. Thin. Long hair. Belly free. That’s it. Oh I forgot the lumberjack shirt around their hips. Right.
- Women were dancing a style I call “hairy bachata”. Not important what step you are dancing. Most important thing: Wave your hair and throw it around as much as you can. And the more other faces you hit with your hair, you win! Not.
- Women seem to have a contest of who can move “sexier” than the other. Problem: 80 percent of the movements looked simply cheap to me. (Sorry to say that but sexiness comes with technique and skills. Desiree moves sexy bc she is a brilliant and very well trained professional dancer. Maria Ramos dances incredibly sexy bc she is a brilliant dancer with an amazing technique)
- Women and men seemed to focus more on the performance part than actually enjoying the dance. I love performances, I really do. Also once in a while on the social dancefloor. But when you try to dance a normal bachata and from all over the place bits of hair, arms and heads suddenly appear next to you it is hard to concentrate on your dance partner.
Of course not ALL the guys were like that and NOT ALL the women look like that. But a lot. And no, I don’t have anything against belly free shirts but I felt that there was little uniqueness on the dance floor.
For example I love watching youtube videos from Kat Arias from Ferocity Dance. OMG, she dances amazing sensual bachata. She is something. This woman has style, attitude. If I ever be in DC, I will go there.
Or …Once I took once a bachata fusion workshop with Jorge Elizondo in Berlin. It was incredible. This guy knew how to teach and obviously how to lead.
I also took an amazing workshop with the fabulous Maria Ramos and Fausto Felix at the Berlin Salsa Congress. There was so much attitude, so much fun, so much passion for the music. Btw – check out Marias Womanity Project. STYLEALARM
I know that every scene has its styles and trends. Bachata. Salsa. Tango, you name it. It is just that I can feel that I somehow gave up with the bachata social stuff and it feels kind of sad. What’s the point in taking classes, doing workshops and then I end up on a bachata social dance floor either with a lot of hair in my face or my back hurts.
But well, maybe I just need to try out new cities. Maybe I need to go to the Dominican Republic (Alright – that’s for sure that I have to go there ha ha). Or Spain. Or New York.
Any tips or experiences here Bachateros/Bachateras?