Bachata is a fun, sensual, and energetic dance. Although you can dance it completely solo (and there are specific lady styling and men styling classes for this) most bachata classes teach the couple version. But what if you don’t have a partner to take? Maybe you’re single or your romantic partner isn’t interested in joining a bachata class. Does that mean you have to miss out? Not at all.
Dancing in a romantic couple can bring an extra level of closeness. A great example of this is Ataca and La Alemana, who are a romantic couple as well as being a professional bachata partnership. As you can see in this video, their dancing is renowned for having amazing chemistry.
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With that being said, you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship with someone to get great dance chemistry. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, for example, who are quite possibly the most famous dance partnership in the world were never romantically involved.
You don’t need to worry about being at the level of those dance partnerships at your beginner classes, of course. But what you do need to know is that the vast majority of classes do not require you to bring your own partner with you. In fact, this is often explicitly stated in their sign-up guidance. Most classes work on a rotation basis, so you will find yourself dancing with different people throughout the class. And none of these has to be anyone you have brought with you.
So if the only thing holding you back from joining a bachata class is that you have no one to take with you, you can stop worrying. Go ahead and join the class. Any awkwardness you feel from arriving alone will be gone in next to no time and then you can get on with the business of enjoying learning a fun new dance style.
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