My intention in writing this post is to help get you started with learning to dance the Bachata. For this reason, I’ve been looking for 3 free online Bachata courses. Taking online lessons lets you get some of the basics down before you invest in paid courses, workshops, group classes, or private lessons.
Before you get started, please take a few minutes to review this Dance Safari post, “Bachata Styles Explained…A Whole Lotta Bachata“. In addition, enjoy this short video of Bachata dancers at a Cuban beach party.
Why is it a good idea to take a free online Bachata course?
Convenience. It’s the #1 reason to get some dance training online.
- You can take lessons whenever you want on any device that’s good for you.
- Did you miss something? Not to worry because now you can rewind and review any material as often as you like.
- Never be concerned that your dance training is going to fast or too slow. You’re in charge and you can learn at your own pace.
- It turns out that studying at home is a great way to build up your confidence before taking lessons out in public.
The problem is, I’m not able to recommend 3 courses. In fact, I only found one that I feel will do the job for most beginners.
Howcast Bachata Lessons
Daniela Grosso and Edwin Ferraras, are Bachata instructors at JoelSalsa.com. Although there are lots of videos for sale at JoelSalsa.com, why not take the instruction offered free of charge at Howcast.com?
While I was able to find a few stand-alone videos, Daniela and Edwin’s free online Bachata course is superior. It’s a comprehensive series consisting of 46 short videos, each 2-3 minutes long. They teach “Western” Style Traditional Bachata.
What are some of the techniques that are covered?
These very talented and committed instructors will help you develop the skills you need. For instance, you’ll learn directional movement, as well as, turns and spins for the leader and follower, and solo moves.
Also included in your dance training are steps and footwork, both simple and advanced with syncopations. In addition to that, they cover where you’ll be dancing the Bachata, what to wear, dance shoes, musical interpretation, and styling.
(By the way, don’t be thrown off by the hip action. After you become familiar with the patterns, it’ll be easier to work on the hips. Also, as they introduce the step they have leader and follower beginning with the left foot. When danced together, the follower will start with her right and the leader with the left. )
Overall, you’ll find the instruction to be short and to the point. Not only that, it’s extremely easy to understand with good demonstrations and handy etiquette tips. To be sure, this is a superior series if you’re looking for a free online Bachata course.
As a final point, trying this delightful series of lessons will get you on your way to becoming a Bachata dancer. Don’t miss out on all the fun. This is a dance for all ages and all levels. Give it some time – you’ll be glad you did!
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