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Bachata Workshop
Due to our up coming Bachata Dance competition at the end of July, the time for a workshop is now! On Saturday, July 18, I, Jim Chow, will be collaborating with dance instructor Katie Lake to teach a 2 hour workshop.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Beginning level…1pm-2pm $12 in advance $15 at the door.

Intermediate level…2:15pm-3:15pm $12 pay in advance $15 at the door.

Both at: $22 in advance, $28 at the door.

A little history of Bachata dance and the music

The creation of bachata dance was the brainchild of servants, who were the first to embrace this form of movement. The music was generally played after returning home from a hard day at work. Dancers performed to music created with the use of everyday items that were commonly found in the backyard, including garbage cans and fences. In some parts of the Dominican Republic, the term 'bachata' actually means trash, while others view the term to suggest a celebration or party. Another theory regarding the history behind bachata dance and music is that it came from the Italian Ballata, a formally popular music that once thrived many centuries ago in Italy.

Throughout the years, bachata dance and music held close ties to the pan Latin- American style called bolero, which was also romantic in nature. Later, merengue and salsa served as an influence for bachata dance, which infused a faster pace and the use of various guitar styles. As a rule of thumb, male singers provide the lyrical accompaniment of the dance with early icons including Jose Manuel Calderon, Ramon Cordero, and Rafeal Encarnacion. Today, an electric guitar is used to supply dancers with music that is full of rhythm. Overall, the use of electric instruments are much easier to groove to than earlier styles.

Belltown Dance Studio
2521 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98125

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