Pausing to catch your breath as the final notes fade out, you can’t help but smile after watching this Daniel and Tom’s bachata dance video. The World Champion duo performs with such joy and presence that their energy leaps through the screen. Even watching online, you feel uplifted seeing their beaming smiles and easy chemistry. This is bachata as it’s meant to be – a celebration of music, movement and connection.
In the video, Daniel and Tom dance to Shakira and Ozuna’s hit “Monotonia” after teaching a workshop for their students. Their smooth footwork and playful arm styling reveal their mastery of bachata’s subtle technique. But more striking is the life they breathe into the dance with their expressive upper bodies, soulful hip motion, and Gazes locked, they move as one, clearly enthralled in the rhythm pulsing between them.
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Though bachata originated in the Dominican Republic as a nostalgic style of dance, it has been modernized and changed a lot during the past few years. Daniel and Tom Bachata Groove style combines traditional steps and hip swaying with innovative body rolls, spins and leg hooks. Yet their greatest innovation may be the sheer joy they bring to bachata as a living, evolving art form.
This uplifting spirit incarinates the positive community Daniel and Tom have built since becoming partners and World Champions in 2017. Based in Israel, they now run a thriving dance school, train competitive couples, and travel globally to events. “Our goal is to spread our love for the amazing Latin dances, in particular bachata!” they explain.
And spread the love they do. Watching Daniel and Tom’s chemistry unfold in this latest piece, you feel that love ripple outwards. Their smiles turn infectious as they maintain eye contact through spins, synchronize subtle moves, and playfully finish each other’s sentences when discussing bachata’s history through their body moves. Witnessing this degree of connection between two individuals is profoundly moving.
So if you feel your days becoming monotonous, dance like Daniel and Tom and regain your rhythm. Bachata’s alternating playful and sensual moods will reignite your passion. The improvisational lead and follow will sharpen your reflexes and attune you to your partner. And the community orientation will remind you that the purpose of dance – of life – is joyful human connection.
Contrary to popular belief, you need no partner or experience to begin bachata. Studios ensure an even mix of leaders and followers, and many runs ongoing beginner courses. The basic side-to-side step slowly enables anyone to find the beat in their hips and feet. And the movements like hip circles and body wawes will soon feel natural.
More importantly, bachata helps strip away self-consciousness as you lose yourself in the music. So leave tension at the door, relax those knees and hips and let your natural rhythm shine through! Whether male, female, young or old the welcoming bachata community encourages dancing your style. The confidence and comfort you’ll gain on the social dance floor transfers everywhere from weddings to concerts, to everyday life.
Ready to channel Bachata’s energy in your life? Search online for a local studio offering bachata classes and workshops. Take that first step and see where this joyful Latin dance takes you! If we follow the lead of inspiring duos like Daniel and Tom, bachata can create a sense of community and shared bliss we so deeply crave.
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