Sensual bachata is a type of bachata that has taken the world by storm. In fact, in many places, it is now the most popular form of bachata. It is a mix of traditional bachata, with some body isolation influences from hip-hop, body waves and partner connection from zouk, and more.
Sensual Bachata has evolved so much in the last few years that it has its own sub-styles taught by mande dance teachers all over the world. As you can see in today’s video, sensual bachata is the perfect dance style to learn for club and social dancing, so how to you make sure that you are the best you can be on the dance floor? Let’s take a look.
How to improve your sensual bachata
1) Get a good teacher
Your sensual bachata teacher shouldn’t just be teaching you the basic steps (although you definitely need to have these down), but they should also be teaching you about musicality. That is, how to connect with the music and interpret it in your dancing, as well as how to connect with your dance partner.
2) Commit the basic steps to memory
You absolutely need to know the basic sensual bachata steps before you set off into social dancing. These are the framework that your dancing will be centered around and they are also part of the language that you will use to communicate with your dance partners.
3) Learn how to lead or follow
The key to getting sensual bachata right will always boil down to your interaction with your dance partner. With sensual bachata, as with many other couple dances, there is a clear lead and follow. The job of the lead is to guide the follow from one move to the next and the role of the follow is to pick up on the lead’s cues and execute the movements.
To be a good sensual bachata lead, you need to be precise with your prompts, but you also shouldn’t come on too strong. You need to give the follow plenty of space and opportunity to execute the body isolations and waves.
As a follow, you need to learn how to understand the prompts from your lead and how to execute them. You should also make sure that you get very comfortable with the body isolations and waves so that they almost become muscle memory. You will need to be able to whip those moves quickly and in the moment so you need to make sure that you can transition into them easily.
4) Watch some videos
There are so many videos out there that you can watch to pick up some inspiration for your sensual bachata. Some of them are tutorials but watching experts performing can often be useful in perfecting your technique.
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