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TOP 7 BACHATA VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE… and why!

YouTube was a key contributor to the popularization of Bachata back in mid 2000s. Whilst there were artist teaching Bachata in early 2000’s, it is not until the mid 2000’s that Bachata started to become a worldwide phenomenon.

YouTube has helped many instructors reach new audiences, far beyond to where the artists could imagine (including myself for this case).

The list below is not necessary by the number of views or popularity, but instead, they have been organized by the impact they had in the dance community. (Please note that all videos in this list have been posted around 2006 – 2008)

TOP 7 BACHATA VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE – And why they are important


7. Bachata By Susana Montero – Very sexy

Video uploaded in Oct 2006. This video showed a different way of dancing Bachata, as the dancers Inaki Fernandez and Susana Montero were using crosses and other steps, creating a different dynamic on the dance (creating the fundamentals of the Bachata Moderna style). This video also introduced us to the new genre of Bachata music, Spanish Pop music turned into Bachata (ie. Lamento Boliviano – Bachata version). It was a very popular video back in 2006, but when the Dominincan style started to become popular, this video lost its popularity.

6. Milton Rodas – Sensual Bachata

Video uploaded on Jan 2006. Honestly, this video is not a great example of Bachata, as it doesn’t show the true flavour of Bachata, however, it was important because it demonstrated that Bachata was becoming a legitimate dance recognized by international dance organization, especially the Ballroom organizations.

5. Bachata Dance

Video uploaded on Jan 2006. One of the first Bachata videos out there. This video showed the traditional style Bachata, with emphasis on close connection, hip rotations and lots of hips movements. Believe or not, that is how most of the people started dancing Bachata back in the 2000s!

I don’t know who are the dancers on this video, or where the video is from. If some of you guys know, please let me know. Finally I know, the dancer in this video is Diego Sanchez, from Grupo America, a company based in Vancouver, Canada.

4. Carlos Cinta – Bachata

This video was posted in Jan 2007. A very popular Bachata video even to this date because it showed that traditional Bachata could incorporate intricate combinations besides the close connection and body movement that everybody was used to.

3. Sensual Bachata

Video uploaded on Aug 2006… This was one of the first Bachata performance videos out there – performed by Cristian Sola and Jackie Rozzo.  This video carried the true flavour of the Bachata traditional style, with emphasis on close connections and romantic moves with your partner.

2. Bachata Dominican Style – Troy & Jorjet

Video uploaded on Nov 2006. Troy and Jorjet became worldwide Dominican Style Bachata ambassadors when they started posting their Bachata videos online (we all remember the Barbershop Bachata video series). This video in particular helped push the popularity of the Dominican style, and most importantly it was one of the first Dominican Bachata video on YouTube

1. Ataca & La Alemana – Te Extrano routine

The most important video of them all, uploaded on May 2008. This Bachata video helped popularize Bachata worldwide, creating a devoted following of Bachateros around the world.  Audience has labelled this video as “the true form of dancing Bachata”.

And as with any other list, please feel free to comment and share other videos that you think should have been listed here. I’m always open to feedback :) But if you add a video, you have to tell us why it was important to the community

31 Comments

  1. Kari
    August 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    thanks for this article Juan! I wasn’t aware of this timing of the evolution of different styles and it’s great to see some of the instructors that are still pushing bachata today and from where their dancing has come.

  2. Yung
    August 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    “I LOVE BACHATA” Thanks for sharing Juan. Great video clips.

  3. Simone
    August 4, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    On video number 2 there isn’t Jorjet…

    Why don’t choose that one?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbn7lYVgYxs
    26/09/2007

    Or “the Barbershop Bachata video series”?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdSeG_ZrwDo
    03/11/2006

  4. Simone
    August 4, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Hi Juan!
    You have to correct the title:

    FROM
    2. Bachata Dominican Style – Troy & Jorget
    TO
    2. Bachata Dominican Style – Troy & Jorjet

    Delete this comment. ;)
    -Simone

  5. Juan Ruiz
    August 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Hey Simone, thanks for that. I fixed Jorjet’s name :)

    As for the video, I had the link to the wrong video. I updated the article with the “Bachata (Dominican Style) Pt.1 ” from Troy & Jorjet. This was the first video of the Barbershop series, and the one that helped popularized Dominican Style Bachata

  6. Juan Ruiz
    August 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    @Kari – those videos shows the difference in each style of bachata, and that was back in 2006 – 2008. Now we are in 2011, it is amazing to see how much it has evolve, but at the same time, how much we have kept the roots of the dance. A bit of history is always nice :)

  7. Carlos Rufino
    August 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    here a sample of something you will never be able to do, eat your hearts out.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/carlos25099?feature=mhee#p/f/6/4TPEdY3hFTc

  8. Juan Ruiz
    August 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    @Carlos – I’ve seen that video, great dancing, lots of flavour. too bad many people are re-posting the video (I’ve seen at least the video on 3 different youtube accounts), hard to tell who the video belongs too…

    Also, Carlos! finally you can help on something. I’m looking for Dominican Bachata instructors (videos, names, contacts, etc) back in the mid 2000’s. So far, the first Dominincan Bachata videos on youtube, and the people that made it popular worldwide are Troy and Jorjet, but I know there’s gotta be more.

  9. dash
    August 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    juan,
    some of them i watched already in you tube…but its good when u describe each video, then some ideas come in..looking forward for types of bachata music as well..;)

    thanks
    dash

  10. Judy Colon
    August 5, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Juan,

    Thanks for putting my video up, it’s great honor to know that a video that I helped make is hitting 30 million in the next few days. I guess the question or the next article you create is. What will be the next viral video? Or will there not be another great video? :) Will is continue to be Bachata, or will it be another genre of dance? Why is Bachata more famous than Salsa? The talent is out there, who will it be?

    Sincerely,

    Judy aka TASB1998 on youtube.

  11. Carlos Rufino
    August 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    I dont think I can help at all,I dont know any instructors bachata to us has been a way to enjoy oneself not really make money on it. Most of the people here are dancing and teaching the same thing europeans dance.
    got it go get ready to go dancing, I will let you know if i find anyone.

  12. Carlos Rufino
    August 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Oh I just remember this kid, Ales Morel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxmg2A3Ed88 he does not seem as good in this video but i saw him in person and he was real good, I know I commented negative on his video but he has grown now, I let him know he was good, see I am not as bad, I have a good side too,lol.

  13. Andrea Modigliani
    August 6, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Hi Juan,

    Thanks for your post and the info provided in that site.

    Music: I keep on my FB page a note collecting Bachatas I like. In addition all music from Joan Soriano.

    Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKfAZAuLfS8&feature=related
    I like music, interpretation, and feeling the two interpreters share.

    Moreover there is another one (music and interpretation) I like, but seems not to be posted on youTube, and is in the Demo CD of Bachata Caribbean Style one can find at http://www.salsaisgood.com/ , with the interpretation of Barbaro Querol.

    Its a period where many Bachata Festivals occurs, thus may be just following those one may find from time to time other good interpretations to post.

    Cheers,

    andrea

  14. Carlos Rufino
    August 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Andrea that is just a real bad example of bachata is just a bad performance, you know what i wish just to see this people dancing social. I think they cant even do that, I seem some dancing social and they all act like clowns, and claim to be that is all just about the fun.

  15. Andrea Modigliani
    August 7, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Carlos,

    Latins used to say “De gustibus non est disputandum”, different people may have different likes. From what you posted you prefer dominican style. I also like dominican style, that may be reflect better how Bachata was at its origin, and often give good examples of fun at dancing, the ones from Troy y Jorjet are good examples like theyr Barner’s shop ones, but to me in dance, in addition to the fun, a very important, essential, element is to share feelings. In some way dance is a way to express yourself and communicate what you feel one another.

    From my point of view the example I have posted is a good example of that.
    Clearly they dance with a different style from the domincan one, but as you probably know, there are many ways to dance Bachata (Dominica, Italian, Modern, Street, ….) , and as far as they give the dancer a way to express themselves (their happiness, feelings, personality), they are all right.

    But again this is just my opinion, others may have a different one, which is also welcome.

  16. Simone
    August 7, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    @Andrea – I’ve also bought that DVD series (and I prefer Rudsel Magdalena :D)… But this article is more about “YouTube videos that helped bachata to grow up”.
    For example, this is an awesome video… off topic (because it was filmed on 2010)

  17. Carlos Rufino
    August 7, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Andrea, You know I amd begining to feel that you guys are not really reading what I am saying so I am going to write it in capital letters ok.

    MY CONCERN WITH PEOPLE DANCING IS NOT THAT I PREFER WHAT YOU CALL DOMINICAN STYLE, IS THAT WHAT MAKE A DANCE IS IT ESSENCE, THE DANCE ESSENCE IS LOST IN THE WAY PEOPLE ARE DANCING.

    Is it clear, can you ready it or should I translate it to other languages?

  18. Carlos Rufino
    August 7, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Simon, Ataca lets not even go there.

  19. Juan Ruiz
    August 7, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    @Carlos – thanks for the Dominincan videos, however, I’m looking for Dominincan videos posted around 2006 or before (not posted recently). OR, I’m looking for instructors that were pushing Dominican style around that time. So far, the only one that I know of that were promoting Dominican style Troy & Jorget… I know there’s gotta be more

  20. Juan Ruiz
    August 7, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    @Andrea, I’m with you, there are many likes out there.

    Don’t worry about Carlos, he has a big mouth, and he will try to put you down because you like something different than him. But we all know that, first, we are entitled to our opinion, and second, that there are many styles of Bachata dancing out there (if there are many styles of Bachata MUSIC, then, there is natural for it to have many styles of Bachata dancing as well).

  21. Carlos Rufino
    August 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Oh.. Juan you see you still dont get what I am saying, here is again:
    I am quoting myself.

    “MY CONCERN WITH PEOPLE DANCING IS NOT THAT I PREFER WHAT YOU CALL DOMINICAN STYLE, IS THAT WHAT MAKE A DANCE IS IT ESSENCE, THE DANCE ESSENCE IS LOST IN THE WAY PEOPLE ARE DANCING.”

    ps: Thank me for keeping you reader coming back for more, cause it is really boring here without me here.

  22. Carlos Rufino
    August 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    You one thing that puzzle me is….

    [FROM ADMINISTRATOR: Comment removed as it is completely out of topic. Carlos, please comment about the videos about and refrain from insulting people]

  23. Simone
    August 11, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    @Carlos
    So… What’s the bachata essence (FOR YOU)?

    From Wikipedia: “In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity.”

  24. Carlos Rufino
    August 13, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I think Wikipedia got it right, but since maybe, and I mean maybe you are not latina or even Dominican then you will not know what is the essence of the dance is you just going along with things that people say. And since disagreeing with the majority of the so call bachata community could cause you to be banned then people like you just go along, I am sure you do not want to be treated as an outsiders for expressing your own views.
    One the other hand is fine with me if people like Juan block me in their youtube channels just because I dont share the same Idea, how lame is that?
    He thinks I should come to his level and be humble, humble? I be humble to that one that know what he/she is doing not some………
    let me stop before it gets out of hand, clear?

  25. Juan Ruiz
    August 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    In all treads your name appears, Carlos, iBahcata, YouTube, Bachateros Magazine, and others, all your conversations end up in one thing: people that are not Dominican and don’t dance Dominican don’t have the essence of the dance. HOWEVER, on all these communities everybody has shown you that you are closed minded, because Bachata is a genre with many substyles in it. There is not just one type of Bachata music, there is not just one way to dance Bachata

    I have banned you from my YouTube channel (and I know I’m not the only one) because you only focus on insulting people, insulting my work, and insulting my fans, rather than give constructive criticism. The day that you grow up and talk like a mature person, then maybe I will allow you on the channel again (however, your presence there doesn’t matter)

    Same here at Bachateros website, i’ve had to moderate a lot of your comments because they are just plain insults. You miss the point of the articles as you focus on insulting people

    The purpose of this article was to show the videos that have inspired people and that have made a mark in the community – this article has been shared many many times by the community because is a little piece of history, a history that is unbiased (note, that I don’t include any of my videos there, as I was inspired by all those videos as well)

    If you comment again, please refrain to comment to the article above

  26. Carlos Rufino
    August 14, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    ok…………..lets see if my presence does not matter.

  27. Carlos Rufino
    August 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Two weeks and counting………………………..

  28. Carlos Rufino
    September 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Over 5 weeks no comments, I think you really need me, but hey you think other wise.

  29. Carlos
    November 19, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    que pasa juan,I think bachata is on the way out for you weekend bachateros you will have to find another way to make a living.

  30. Karin Oliver
    January 18, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I found this a couple of weeks ago and posted it on facebook , everyone loved it and said they would dance bachata if it was like this in the UK , but we do not have the instructors to teach this style ,
    They are in Puerto Rico ..
    enjoy !

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