Bachata Dance: The Basic

Image courtesy of golatindance.com

Last updated: 15 Jun 2021

This is part of the Bachata Dance: Theoretical Framework series.

Just a quick notation introduced here:

  • Leader: the Leader is the person writing the dance moves
    (Typically the boy.)
  • Follower: the Follower is the person executing the dance moves led by the Leader
    (Typically the girl.)

The real basic Basic

The Basic is just footwork (Follower’s perspective):

  • Step right on 1
  • Close up with left foot on 2
  • Step right on 3
  • Close up and tap with left foot on 4.
  • Vice versa for counts 5 to 8.

The most basic version of the Basic travels in the Bachata Slot (to the right on 1 to 4; to the left on 5 to 8). This requires no communication between dance partners. Always do this Basic when you sense no lead from the Leader.

Basic In-Place (Basic-IP)

The Basic-IP is like the Basic, but with different footwork and zero travel:

  • Step right on 1
  • Step in place with left foot on 2
  • Close up with right foot on 3
  • Tap with left foot on 4.
  • Vice versa for counts 5 to 8.

Don’t confuse this with the various in-place Basics in Sensual Position (TODO: link there), which are really just in-place quiet shuffles.

The Basic-IP is used to execute Pivot Out, which is where we will discuss details about its lead and execution (TODO: link to Pivot Turns). The Basic-IP must be led by the Leader.

Basic Rotating-In-Place (Basic-RIP)

The Basic-RIP is like the Basic in footwork, but with rotation and zero travel.

The Basic-RIP is often used as a setup for the Free-Spin, which is where we will discuss details about its lead and execution (TODO: link to Free-Spin). The Basic-RIP must be led by the Leader.

(TODO: put up a video to demonstrate?)

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