Bachata has become a very popular social Latin dance form
in all Salsa dance clubs.
Similar to salsa, the step timing is three steps and then
a one-beat pause. On slightly flexed knees the dancer takes
three steps to four beats of music. The basic footwork pattern
resembles merengue in that it
is step-together-step. However, the difference is the dancer
takes three steps in one direction (side-close-side) with
a foot tap or a hip motion on count four (the pause) and
then repeats it going in the opposite direction.
There are variations on how the Bachata is counted and taught.
Some dance instructors call out the timing as "one,
two, three, touch; one, two, three, touch." Some dance
teachers call out the timing as, "one, two, three,
lift; one, two, three, lift," while other dance instructors
call out the timing as, "one, two, three, bump; one,
two, three, bump." However the case may be, the basic
step is fairly easy.
As with all Latin dances, once the footwork is learned the
stylization of the body action is the more difficult part.
Without the hip and body action, you are not dancing the
bachata. Practice makes perfect. So flex your knees and
practice that hip action!