Over the last 5 years of so Bachateros and Bachateras all over the world have been the beneficiaries of one of the most rapid and diverse explosions of Bachata stylistic options and Bachata talent that’s ever hit the social dance scene. It was only a handful of years ago that Bachata was ‘that other Latin dance’ taught in studio that made most of their money from Salsa. It was all taught the same way and only few hard-core Bachata traditionalists believed in Bachata as its own dance style.
The Bachata market started to grow because the market was ready for an alternative to overly commercialized sales that dominated the social Latin dance scene. Myself and a handful of other Bachata innovators knew that Bachata’s ‘day’ had arrived and people were ready for Bachata dedicated instructors and instruction (Lots of credit goes to Jorge Elizondo and Tony Lara for being the first ones in the industry).
It is during this time that various instructors from all over the world came up with some unique styles of their own. Some people from the ‘old school’ felt our styles were a bit controversial, and that we were deviating from the roots; but at the same time, a lot of people like them because it brought variety to their dance. If everybody liked the same thing the world would be a pretty dull place, wouldn’t it?
My point in this post is just to encourage everybody to keep experimenting and trying to develop a unique style of your own (as long as you don’t forget the traditional scene of Bachata, of course!). Just as our Bachata Moderna is a little of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ (as the saying goes)……I think that’s what any art form should be.
My vision for Bachata Moderna has always been for it to be something that lives and grows and has room for continued diversity and experimentation. I was inspired by Inaki’s crosses – Bachata Moderna beginnings, and then I came up with new fundamentals on my own (quick step back, about turn, exits and more). I certainly think there’s a lot more that I can do, and I actually hope it doesn’t look the same a few years from now.
For Bachata Moderna, I hope it will be a catalyst for my students to grow as Bachateros and Bachateras themselves. I think the worst thing that can happen is that my students look to me for 100% of their inspiration. If you’re a Bachatero or Bachatera I think you should always be ‘pushing the envelope’ and trying new stuff yourself.
Just as Bachata has become a passion that guides my daily life, and enriches my friends and students, I hope it will be for you guys as well. So, lets get out there, and lets continue pushing the envelope!