New York City is one of the best places in the world to dance bachata. There is traditional bachata from the Dominican Republic, urban bachata moderna from New York, and sensual bachata from Spain.
We have many bachata dances and some salsa/bachata festivals. You can take bachata lessons at many dance studios across New York.
¿Ke lo Ke? Bachateame!
Dance Bachata in New York City
La Excelencia salsa 🇨🇴
GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇩🇴 🇵🇷
Salsa and bachata workshops, dance parties, master classes, a bootcamp and the Pro-Am Yamulee Challenge.
NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday-Monday, May 26-29, 2023
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Talia Castro-Pozo hosts bachata, cumbia, salsa, swing, and tango dance lessons followed by live music for dancing. FREE!
La Excelencia salsa, Wed, May 3
Pedro Giraudo tango, Thu, May 4
Afro-Andean Funk cumbia, Wed, May 10
Charenee Wade’s Band of Swing, Thu, May 11
Valerio bachata, Wed, May 17
Santiago y la Orquesta salsa, Thu, May 18
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Thursday, September 1, 2022
Afro Fusion 🌍
GREELEY SQUARE PARK
Near Herald Square
May 19 – September 1, 2022
Afro, Bachata, Joropo, Salsa, Swing
Thu, June 9 – Sat, June 18, 2022
ALL OVER NYC
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thu-Mon, May 26-30, 2022
NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
New York Bachata Dance Scene
Bachata in NYC is mostly in night clubs and dance studios. Many Dominican restaurants, bars, and colmados (bodegas) play bachata as advertising. It’s one of the ways you can tell who owns the business, and what clientele they serve. 🇩🇴
NYC Bachata Clubs
These New York City night clubs have regular bachata nights.
Club Cache in Greenwich Village has weekly bachata dances. clubcachenyc.com
Gonzalez y Gonzalez Mexican restaurant in Greenwich Village has occasional bachata dances.
La Boom night club in Woodside, Queens has weekly urban latin dances.
Solas bar in Greenwich Village has weekly bachata nights. solasbar.com
NYC Bachata Dances
Bachata Thursdays at Solas in Greenwich Village. solasbar.com
Bachateame Mama is Fridays at Club Cache in Greenwich Village. clubcachenyc.com
Brunchata is some Sunday afternoon/evenings at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village.
NYC Bachata Festivals
The BIG Salsa Festival has bachata workshops and dances in Midtown, Manhattan over Memorial Day Weekend.
The New York International Salsa Congress has bachata workshops and dances in Times Square over Labor Day Weekend.
NYC Bachata Dance Lessons
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.
- Hector “El Torito” Acosta
- José Manuel Calderón (1st recordings)
- Juan Luis Guerra
- Monchy y Alexandra
- Prince Royce
- Romeo Santos
- Toby Love
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.