I do not think I will ever be able to make a choice between the different Bachata styles and pick a favourite. For me Bachata is the perfect combination between sensual body movements, turn patterns, musicality & footwork. The music decides, the music guides, and the music is leading. For me, the most important thing is the connection with a dance partner and then both connecting with the music.
Why start our own Academy
This is where our passion for starting our own Bachata Academy came from. Because to create dancers that can connect with their partners & the music, the way of teaching had to change. When we started, we realized that most dance schools were just teaching their students figures & combinations. Technique was not the focus, it was about having fun and learning new things every week. Unfortunately, the dance school owners at that time were convinced that is what people wanted. But we were convinced that even though students said they dance just for fun; dancing Bachata will be even more fun if you master the technique.
Our mission with Bachata Passion is to really teach people how to dance Bachata with everyone. Therefor when we started developing the ideas for our Academy, we discussed what that means and what we would need to do to achieve that. So together we decided on 3 things that we found important and would become the focus of our Bachata Passion Academy.
Doing what we believe is best
Now I know there are many schools that do this differently, and I respect that. These just have been the 3 founding principles of Bachata Passion since the start. And we have stayed consistent. This is how we believe we can bring the most value to our students. The best way to teach them how to dance with everyone in all styles. Really leading & following, guided by the music and with a solid technique. Therefore, we always say if you really want to learn how to dance Bachata this is the place for you. If you just want to play around, you are better off at a different school. Luckily, for us and the Dutch Bachata scene, the amount of people motivated to learn and improve is growing and growing. Together we will make this an awesome dance scene full of great dances, fun & positivity!
Now of course I am curious again: How do you experience this? What do you find important in your Bachata classes & dancing? Let me know in the comments, curious to read your thoughts!