Quality Bachata classes are what Inspired Movement is all about. Being a leader of Bachata dancing in Austin and the only company who popularized the dance in the city, Inspired Movement created a movement that broke Bachata into the mainstream and a mainstay in the Austin latin dancing scene. Inspired Movement teaches both Domincan "traditional" Bachata, as well more modern sensual Bachata. You can check out our "Sensual Tuesdays" class, which features our IM Bachata workshop with a sensual Bachata, Kizomba, and Zouk social after. Check out a preview of the social to the left. Inspired Movement is always evolving and giving its students even more value by bringing in well known local and international Bachata guest instructors to Austin such as Jay Stylz and Ataca y La Alemana. Check them out below. To view when our next IM Bachata class or event is, check our events calendar.
The authentic Bachata dance (also called Dominican or traditional Bachata) is the original way of dancing Bachata, originating from the Dominican Republic where the music also was born. The original, slow style in the '60s was danced only closed, like Bolero, often in a close embrace. The Bachata basic steps moving within a small square (side, side, forward and side, side, back) are inspired from the Bolero steps but is an evolved version of those including a tap and also syncopation (steps in between the beats) depending on the dynamics of the music being played.
The hand placement will vary with the dancers position which can be very close to semi close to open. The authentic dance is today danced in the Caribbean and all over the world, nowadays also faster in accordance to faster music, adding more footwork, simple turns and rhythmic free style moves and with alternate between close (romantic) and open position (more playful adding footwork, simple turns, rhythmic torso etc.). This dance is danced with soft hip movements and a tap or syncopation (1, 2, 3, tap/syncopation). It can be danced with or without bounce also (moving the body up on the beats and down again in between the beats by springs the legs a little).