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Learn to dance Dominican Bachata (Basic Footwork)

Thomas Jono, Dance Instructor

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12 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Welcome – Intro

      2:22
    • 2. Musicality

      2:35
    • 3. Timing

      1:48
    • 4. Footwork – Basics

      6:28
    • 5. Footwork – The Double Step

      3:08
    • 6. Footwork – Double Step with Flavour

      3:34
    • 7. Footwork – The Triple Step

      3:07
    • 8. Footwork – Triple Step Variation

      2:48
    • 9. Footwork – The Bass Step

      2:56
    • 10. Footwork – The Bass Double

      3:14
    • 11. Footwork – The Push Step

      4:39
    • 12. Final Words – That's It!

      0:41

About This Class

In this class, you will learn the basic foundation of Dominican Bachata. You will learn different variations of the basic steps, how to add flavour to the techniques as well as some musicality and timing. By the end of this class you will know how to dance the basic steps of Dominican Bachata, how to identify the instruments in the music, and understand the speed. This class is focused on leader’s footwork so for followers, you simply do the opposite of the leaders.

Transcripts

1. Welcome – Intro: Hello, everyone, and welcome to my butt Chatah dancing class for beginners. My name is Thomas, and I am really excited to be sharing with you my love of dance, in particular Dominican style. But I have divided the class into three different sections. The first section is all about musicality, where I share with you some of the instruments that are being used in the music, as well as a sample of what some of the instruments may sound like when you actually do listen to the music. The second section is the timing system section, where there are a few different typing systems that are being used in. But chata dancing, which include the dancers, count speed going from slow to fast and everything else in between. And the last section would be the actual footwork techniques where I share with you the foundation and the basics of the chatter dancing. I have structured the class in a way where I first teach you the techniques, the basic steps and I do it for you slow enough so that way you can follow along, and then afterwards I will be showing you a demonstration with the music to the techniques that I have taught you, and I do that a couple of times. So that way you can follow along with me. By the end of this class, you will have one be able to identify the music. The instruments number to dance. Porchetta. Basically, what you will need for this class or two things. Number one, you will need to have a pair of dance shoes. Now, if you don't have a pair of dance shoes, it's okay. You can be dancing in your socks. You can be dancing in your sneakers or runners or worst case scenario, you condense in your flip flops. If you have them, number two you will need to have a place to actually dancing, so it doesn't matter where you are. It could be in your house. It could be at 1/4 of a room. It could be the size of an area rug, so get ready. Put on your socks. Go find your shoes. Go look for that place. We can actually learn to dance, and I will see you on the dance floor 2. Musicality: everyone, This is theme musicality section of the course. I wanted to introduce to you a few instruments that are notable when we start to learn and listen to the music as we practice. So the first instrument that you will hear is the guitar. The second instrument that you will here are the bung ghosts. And the 3rd 1 will be the base. There are other instruments involved. But based on the song that I have chosen to share with you, these are the three notable ones. The other instruments that are normally being used is something called a Guida. Guida is a type of instrument that looks like a cheese grater, and it sounds something like this. Okay. And then, of course, there is Thedc Lavey. The Clavet is an instrument that uses two sticks, and you hit them to create the rhythm and beat that you want. So it sounds something like this. Okay, I will now give you an example of what the guitar may sound like when you listen to the Pejeta music. Next, I am going to show you what an example of the bongos. My sound like next I am going to show you an example of what the base sounds like. So that is just giving you, Ah, glimpse on the instruments that are being used in bachata music. And now let's get into the timing. 3. Timing: Hello, everyone. We're now in the timing system section of the course, and in this section I will be sharing with you a few things to keep in mind of when you are learning your basic steps and doing your accounts and stuff like that. So there are three different kinds of numbering systems. The 1st 1 is what we call a single time. Now. The single time is basically the dancers count. So with dancers count, we counted in a step. So we have one, 234567812345678 That is known as the dancers account. The second timing system is called the double time. The double time includes all of the and counts in between the single count. So it sounds something like this one and two and three and four and five and six and seven and eight. So it basically hits every single beat and every single note. And then there's the third timing system, which is what we call the mambo. The mambo is ah, highlighted section in the song where you can do some freestyling and some single patients , and it is really distinct. So we have three different ones. The single time. 12345678 We have the double time one end to end three and four and five and six Incident and eight and we have the mambo section. And for the most part, we will be using the first and second timing systems when we are learning the footwork techniques. 4. Footwork – Basics: Hey, you guys. So these are the basic steps of Ceuta. Now there are a few variations, so I will go through them one at a time and follow along. Okay, So with the basics that we're going toe are left four steps and then we're going to our right for steps. So here we go. 1234 And now we go. Four steps. There were 1234 Again. 1234 And over there. One, 234 No, that's the basic concept. Now, here are the full counts. 5678 And 12345678 And 1234567 and eight. Now that's the foundation of pancetta. Now, the second variation is going forward and back, and this is what it looks like. Four award, four steps. 1234 And now backwards for steps. 1234 With the four With the full accounts, we go forward. 12345678 And one, 234 567 and eight. That is sucked The second variation. Now we have the last variation, which is the Dominican basic. The Dominican basic comes from the Dominican Republic, and that's where Pejeta was born. So this is how it goes. We go forward, forward and back, back. That's the first four steps and inimical Forward, forward, back, back again on the last four steps. So this is what it looks like. They're left foot. We go forward, forward, forward. Okay. And now we go backwards, back, back. And this is done with the same left foot. So four award forward, back, back. That's the 1st 4 counts. The last four counts. We go with our right foot forward, forward and then back. Back with the same right foot again. Forward, forward, and then back back. So if we do this in the whole eight counts, this is what it sounds like. 1234 567 and eight. Repeat, 1234 and 567 and eight. That is the Dominican basic. Now, if you want to make it a bit more natural and that a little bit of flavor into it, you can incorporate a rotation. So this is what it looks like. You go forward forward and then back back. So now I rotate to the left to do the same thing on the opposite side. Last four accounts forward, forward, back, back. Now I'm facing the right side and then we repeat this process. Forward. Forward! Back, back! Forward! Forward, back! Back with the full accounts. 12345678 And one, 234567 and eight. Now to exit this rotation basic, we just rotate our ourselves to the front. And then we go and execute the basic steps again. 1234567 and eight. Now to do it all together, we'll do a couple of variations each. Okay, so here we go. 5678 And 1234567 And one more time. Forward. Basic. Here we go. 12345678 One more time. The Dominican basic. Here we go! And 12345678 And one more time at the rotation. Here we go. 12345678 And one, 234 one. Last time. Basic. 12345678 Less to this together with the music. Here we go. 567 and 1234567812345671 More time. Forward basic stuff. Here we go. 2345678 123456781 more time. The men it can basic. Here we go. 123456781234561 more time. Flotation. Basic! Here we go! And 1234 5612345681 more time. Basic step. Here we go! And 1234567812461 more time. Forward. Basic Again. Here we go. 234567 2456781 more time. Dominican Basic. Here we go! And 12345678123456781 more time. Rotation Basic. Here we go! And 123 45678 234561 more time. Basic step here with 12345678124 Stop right here. 5. Footwork – The Double Step: Hey, you guys, welcome back. So the next thing we're going to learn is something called a double step. The double step is a fun addition to your regular basic because you're doing it. Ah, in a quick manner and it's done as a quick ball change, and that's what they call it in ballroom dancing. You do a quick ball change and you do it twice within that basic steps. So this is what it looks like. In the end. We go, do we do one basic step? 12345678 And now we get into the 1st 4 counts. 123 And on the third count, that's when you do your double step double. And now we go and finish it off with the 567 And now on. After the seven count, you're doing the double step again. Double and repeat the basic step again. 123 Double 567 Double. 123 Double 567 Double, one more time. Double stop right here. Double that is Thebe. Basic idea of the double step. So with the full count, this is what it sounds like. 1234 and 5678 And 1234 and 5678 and one more time. Stop right here. Eight men. Now let's try this with music. Here we go. 567812345678123456 71 More time. We do the double step. Here we go to three. Double 567 I want to double! 5671 Teoh, Doug! 5671 more time. Basic stuff. Here we go. 123456 Any 12345678 One more time. The double step. Here we go! And 123 Double! $567. 123 Double! 567 Double! 123! Double 567 Dubbed one more time. Double basic stuff. Here we go and want to 456782 Stop right here. 6. Footwork – Double Step with Flavour: Hey, you guys, welcome back. So now that you have learned the double step, we're going to add a little bit of flavor to it just so that we can have a little bit more fun with it. So with the flavor, what we're doing is we're adding an extra step called on an count right before the double steps. So this is what it would look like in the end. So here we go. So we start off with a basic step. 1234567 and eight. Now we do the double step 123 double 567 double. Now, the thing that we're gonna add which gives a little kick, is this We add in the hell before the double steps. So here we go. 123 We add in the hell and this will represent the end counts. So he'll them double and we've repeated with the 567 count 567 and double step. So, with all together we go. 123 and double 567 and double 123 And double 567 and double one more time and double stop right here and double So that is the idea with the, uh added and count or flavor to the double step. Now if we added the eight count, this is what it would sound like in the end. 123 and four and 567 and eight and one. So t o show you that this is what it looks like. 5678 And 123 and four and 567 and eight. And 123 and four and 567 and eight and one. Now let's do this with the music. Here we go. 567 and 12345612461 more time. The double with flavor. Here we go In 12 three and four and 567 and eight. N 12 67812345678 and 123 And double 56 And double 123 And double 567 End of one more time facing step. Here we go and want to for 6123461 more time. Let's do it again. Here we go, and 123 and double 567 End up. 123 AM Double 567 n double 12 356 End of one Thailand base 60. And here we go to 45678234 Stop right here. 7. Footwork – The Triple Step: Hey, guys, Welcome back. So we have learned the basic step. We have learned the double step and now I am going to introduce to you the triple step. The triple step is very similar to the double step. The only difference is you add in an extra step to it. So this is what it would look like in the end. Here we go. So we started with a basic step. 12345678 So now we do the triple steps and this is what it looks like one to triple step. So we do it on the third count, and then we go 56 triple step, and then we do it on the seven counts. So here we go again. 12 triple step and 56 Triple step and one to triple step and 56 triple step and one more time And stop right here. Now that is the triple step. If we add in the count to it, this is what it would sound like. 123 and 4567 and eight. And so on and so forth. So with the count, here we go. 5678123 and 4567 and 8123 and 4567 and eight. And one more time and stop right here. Now let's try this together with music. Here we go. 5678123456124561 more time. Triple step. Here we go and one to boasted. 56 Triple step one to post up. 56 Triples. One. Teoh post up. 56 Most up. 123 and 4567 Any. One, 2567 innings. One more time. Basic step. Here we go! And 123456123456781 more time. Triple stuff. Here we go and want to boast of six Triple step 12 Booster 56 Post up. 123 and 456712367 and 81 more time. Basic step. Here we go. On 12345678 n one, 234 You stop right here. 8. Footwork – Triple Step Variation: Hey, guys. So now that you have learned the triple Step, there is actually a variation niche can use instead of doing the triple step in place. So with the variation on the last step of the triple step, you can actually use your toe to go backwards. And this is what I mean. I'll show to you right now. Here we go. So we do one triple step. Here we go. 12 triple step and 56 triple step. So that is the regular triple step. Now the variation. Here we go. 12 trip pull step now. Noticed that I put my the ball of my foot behind me. So this is the variation Trip pull step. And then we resume with our regular 56 trip pull step again using the Toto push off behind me. Who is the variation. So we do it again. 12 Triple step and 56 Triple step and one to triple step and 56 triple step and one more time and stop right here. Now let's do this together with music. Here we go. 56! 1234567812345671 more time A triple variation. PERRY GOLD and want to boast 56 BOLSTER one to bolster five since one to bolster 6123 and 4567 Anne 1234561 more time. Basics. Kirigoe On 124561 23 61 more time. Triple variation. Here we go. 123 and 456781234567 and 12 Postal, 562 61 more time. Basic stuff here. Regal and 123456812 Paid for Stop right here. 9. Footwork – The Bass Step: Okay, guys, welcome back. So now the next thing we're going to learn is called the base step the base that has a very distinct, uh, timing system. So it is done normally on the base count. So you here instead of 12345678 you'll hear something like 12345678 There's a long one count, and there's a long five count. So with the music, you hear something like this Boom. But, um, but boom. But, um but boom, boom, but boom. But, um and this is what the foot world looks like. Here we go. So we start off with a basic step. 1234567 and eight. And now we do the based up and the base that looks like this. 12345678 Again. 12345678 So, with the musicality count, this is what it looks like. Boom! That boom. But boom, boom, boom, boom. But boom, boom. And with the actual account, this is what it sounds like. 12345678 and 123456789 Alistair's together with music. Here we go. 567123456781245671 more time. The based appear ego and 12345678 one, 3456123456781 more time and face six. That's here we go. 23456123 456 One more time Based up again. Here we go. 1234567812345678123456781 more time And Basic step Gary, go! 123456.234 Right here. 10. Footwork – The Bass Double: Hey, guys, Welcome back. Now that you have learned the base step, you can actually add in the double step to that to make it a little bit more fun and dynamic. So with the base step with the double, what you're doing is you are adding in the double step after the base. So this is what it looks like in the end. So we do one for basic. 12345678 And now we do the base Step 123 And now we do the double step double, and then we go back to the 567567 And now we do the double step double, and then we repeat 123 Double 567 Double. 123 Double 567 Double. And that is actually how we add in the double step to the base step. Now, with the full accounts, this is what it would sound like. 1234 and 5678 And 1234 and five, 678 n. And this is what it looks like with that count. 567 and 1234 and 5678 And one, 234 and 5678 and one more time. Stop right here. Now let's do this together with music. Here we go. 567 and 1234567812461 more time. The base double step here ago. 123 Double. 67 Double. 123 Double. 56 Double. One, 567 Double. 12345678 And 12345678 and one. More time based. Except here we go. 123 4561 4561 more time. The base double again. Here we go. In 123 Double 56 Double 12 Double. 567 Double! 123 Double! Five, 671 2345678 And one, 45678 And one More time. Basic stuff. Here we go. 1234561234! Stuff right here. 11. Footwork – The Push Step: Welcome back, you guys. So the next thing we're going to learn is something called a push step. Now, the pushed up is very similar to the toe heel step where your most sleep standing in place while you're doing the steps. So you're not moving to the laugh, the right forward or back or any other direction. So this is how we're doing it. Okay? We'll start off with a basic step. 12345678 Now, with the pushed up, what you're doing is you're actually extending your leg out like this on the one. And then you come back on two feet together. You step to your left on three and you tap on four. And then the same thing on the 567 use. Extend your leg out on five and you touch the floor. You come back on six feet together, you step to your right on seven and a new tap on eight. So this is what we're doing in the end. One, 23456781234567 and eight. And one more time. And stop right here. Now that's the basic foundation of the push step. So now I'm going to add in a little bit more technique to it. So that way, you guys couldn't actually do it. So here we go. We know that we extend our leg out on one and we touch the floor. So now I want to tighten that up by bringing the toe in a little bit more. So that way it's closer to you closer to your other foot. And what we're doing here is we're actually pushing against the floor on the one count. And when we're pushing on the floor, we are actually putting in about a good 20 to 30% of our weight on there for a split second , and we come back. So we go one. And then when we come back on the two we put a few together on to like this is very subtle . So we go one two and we stepped to the left on three, every tap on four. So the same thing on the right side, instead of extending your leg out to touch the floor. What you're doing is you're bringing your toe in a little bit and you're pushing against the floor about 20% of your weight or so for a brief second. And in coming back on six and right on seven and attached the floor on eight. So here we go. We go. One, 234 and 567 and eight. So we push 234 and push 678 and push 234 and push 678 and one more time and stop right here . And that is what we call a push step. So with the full count, this is what it sounds like. And 1234 and 5678 in 1234 and 5678 and one more time and stop right here. Now let's do this together with the music. You really? 56712345671245671 more time. Push that Pierre Ego and pushed 234 Push, push! 234567 Push! 234671 more time. Basic step. Here we go! And 1234561234 67 One more time pushed up. Here we go! And 12345678123456781234561 Time basic stuff here, Rico. And 123456 123 Stack right here. 12. Final Words – That's It!: Welcome back, everyone. So that's it. That is Thebe Basic foundation off Chatah particular Dominican style. I hope you have learned something and I hope you have enjoyed learning from me and taking my class. And if you are still ready to go, I encourage you to continue on and take my next class, which is theme or fun and advanced forward techniques, which includes combinations and patterns. So until next time, I once again thank you for taking my class, and I will see you soon.