Here we have some bachata lady style choreography from Elza Khamatullina to Karma by Ozuna and J Balvin (DJ Tronsky). If you’ve been considering learning bachata but weren’t sure if it was going to be fun, then you should definitely watch this video!
It’s a great example of just how enjoyable dancing bachata can be and, of course, the music definitely helps. There is no one who wouldn’t have a good time dancing like this to that music. It is just so fun and upbeat.
Bachata music is big and it is getting more and more popular all the time. Both Ozuna and J Balvin have won awards at the Latin Grammy Awards, and have worked with some major stars. Ozuna with Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dog, and Diddy. And J Balvin performing at the Superbowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. But what makes bachata music bachata? In its original form, it used quite traditional instruments. Bachata was, after all, the music of the poor and oppressed. It had a minimum of five instruments: lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, bongo, and guira.
The bachata musical landscape has changed pretty dramatically since then. You can find bachata music that uses modern electronic instrument techniques, with not a guitar in sight. And remixes of popular songs to make them bachata is also really common. With these, the rhythm is changed so that it is possible to dance bachata to them. Of course, there is some debate about whether these new types of bachata music count as bachata, just the same as whether the new styles of bachata dancing count as bachata. But both types definitely have their place. And it is so great to see talented performers like Elza show the world what modern bachata dancing can be, and inspire people to get involved and learn the dance themselves.
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