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Bachata is a style of music and dance originating from the Dominican Republic, very sensual and gentle, which became extremely popular all over the world. Bachata is simple enough to learn. The basic step usually consists of three steps sideways, forward or backward, and the last account is accented by thigh, by placing the feet on the toes and straightening the knee. In bachata does not play a big role of a rich set of elements, most important of all soft, intuitive, sensual leading the partner.
History. Generally, the occurrence of bachata associated with tense social situation in the Dominican Republic in the early 60-ies of XX century, after the overthrow of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina. In those days bacati or combinati ( Spanish bachata, cumbanchata ) called noisy party of the poor with an abundant libations. These gatherings of the poor had a job literally anywhere – in the courtyards of the houses or just in the shade of the trees on the streets. Music such gatherings-batcat was considered vulgar by the offspring of the lower classes, songs poor neighborhoods, which tells of the problems of the poor, unrequited love and other ills of life. That’s why bachata called “música de amargue” – music of bitterness. For a long time in the Dominican Republic there was an unofficial ban bachata as “low genre”: songs in this style were not in discos and not broadcast on the radio (with the exceptions of station “Radio Guarachita” ( Radio Guarachita ), records are not sold in record stores. A watershed time in the history of bachata steel 80-ies of XX century. At this point the band realized that bachata is perfectly located to transfer such feelings as nostalgia, melancholy and longing and become more extensive use of this expressive side. But the main milestone in the modern history of bachata was the album Juan Luis Guerra’s “bachata Pink” ( Bachata rosa ). Released in 1990, it was a huge success and broke prevailing in the Dominican Republic prejudice against bachata; now it has become popular even in the higher strata of Dominican society. Economic, social and cultural change in the Dominican Republic has led to the fact that bachata has gained fame and popularity not only at home but abroad as well. Continue reading