New York Bachata NYC is mostly in nightclubs and dance studios. Many Dominican restaurants, bars, and colmados (corner store community centers, called bodegas in New York) play bachata as advertising. It’s one of the ways you can tell who owns the business, and what clientele they serve. 🇩🇴
Bachata is tropical dance music that began as a folk tradition in the Dominican countryside and the barrios of the capital, Santo Domingo in the 1960s. It is Cuban bolero / trova (Caribbean troubadour or folk music) played Dominican style with the rhythms of the Dominican tambora drum from merengue, which is the foundation of traditional Dominican music. Dominicans say bachata has son in it, but it is Dominican son which has merengue influences.
The dance of bachata is basically merengue (2/2) in 4/4 time, in the same way that Argentine tango is milonga (2/2) in 4/4 time. It’s the Dominican version of what the Argentines call 2×4, the Europeanization (4/4 time) of the 2/2 time music of Indigenous and African Diaspora traditions in the Americas. It’s even in the dance of the famous Diablo Cojuelos (Limping Devils) of Carnaval Vegano in La Vega, Dominican Republic. You can dance bachata the way they dance in carnival.
New Yorkers developed Urban Bachata and the Bachata Moderna style of dance in the 1980s and 90s. Sensual Bachata, a further blend of many dance forms, developed in Spain in the mid-2000s. In NYC, there is an Eastern European bachata subculture. It’s strange to go to a Dominican bachata studio and see all young Eastern Europeans. How cool is that?
The bachata dance is in 4/4 time, so it blends easily with rock and most popular music. There is bachata flamenco and bachata tango. In the Caribbean, what looks like the American electric slide country dance, is actually bachata. You see it when groups form themselves on the street to dance during festivals. You wonder why they are dancing electric slide, but it’s bachata.
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NYC NightClubs with Bachata
- Bachateame Mama is at Club Cache in Greenwich Village on Fridays from 9:30pm – 4am. $10. latinparty.com 🇩🇴
- Gonzalez y Gonzalez Mexican restaurant and Salsa nightclub in Greenwich Village.
- La Boom nightclub in Woodside, Queens.
- Hector “El Torito” Acosta
- José Manuel Calderón (1st recordings)
- Juan Luis Guerra
- Monchy y Alexandra
- Prince Royce
- Romeo Santos
- Toby Love
- Baila Society
- Dance Fever Studios
- Lorenz Latin Dance Studio lorenzdancestudio.com
- Nieves Dance Studio
- Piel Canela pielcaneladancers.com
- Sensual Bachata sensualbachatanewyork.com
- Sol Dance Center in Astoria, Queens. soldancecenter.com
Bachata in New York City
La Boom NY is a Popular Latin Night Club with Latin, Urban, Rock, and Mexican Nights
Argentine, Colombian, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan
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Gonzalez y Gonzalez is a Salsa and Bachata Dance Club with Live Music in a Mexican Restaurant in Greenwich Village
Willy Torres, Santiago y la Orquesta, Los Hermanos de Leon, Brunchata;
Puerto Rican, Colombian, and Dominican; bachata, salsa, and son Cubano
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Latin Grammy nominee Manny Cruz sings Dominican Bachata and Merengue at Lehman Center in Jerome Park, The Bronx on
Sat, Jan 29 at 8pm. Rescheduled to Sat May 21, 2022 at 8pm. From $45. 🇩🇴
The B.I.G. Salsa Festival New York is a Salsa and Bachata dance festival at the New York Hilton Midtown on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2022. From $20. Passes from $150. bigsalsafestival.com
Los Toros Band plays Dominican Bachata and Merengue at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Mar 12 after midnight (10pm doors). $20. 🇩🇴
Sosa Y BachataFlo play Bachata for dancing at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village on Sun, Mar 6 at 8:30 & 10:30pm. $10. 🇩🇴
James Sedano’s Brunchata, Bachata lunch is at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village on Sun, Mar 6 from 1-6pm. $10. 🇩🇴
Zacarias Ferreira and Kiko Rodriguez sing Dominican Bachata Para Enamorados for dancing at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Feb 4 at 10pm. From $50. 🇩🇴
Elvis Martínez plays Dominican Bachata at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Oct 29 at 9pm. From $48. 🇩🇴
Afro-Dominicano plays Bachata for dancing at the “Brunchata” Bachata brunch at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village on Sun, Oct 10 from 12 noon to 10pm. $10 cover after 5pm. 🇩🇴
Aventura with Romeo Santos brings their Inmortal Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sat, Oct 9, 2021 at 8pm. From $49.50. 🇩🇴
Grupo Aurora plays Bachata for dancing at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village for the “Brunchata” Bachata brunch on Sun, Oct 3 from 1-6pm. 🇩🇴
Frank Reyes sings Dominican bachata for dancing at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Sep 10 at 10pm. From $50 🇩🇴
José Manuel Calderon made some of the first Bachata recordings in the 196os.
Juan Luis Guerra helped clean up Bachata’s naughty reputation.
Aventura and Romeo Santos created Urban Bachata.