Bachata Dance
In the Dominican Republic, a cabaret is a brothel, and the brothel came to be bachata’s primary venue. Quite naturally, the music began to reflect the environment in which it was being performed. A whole generation of bachateros sing about lovers who are prostitutes, fights and jealousy over lovers, poverty and the problems of living in the worst, most dangerous barrios in the city, despair and debauchery. As the seventies ended and the eighties began, bachata was becoming more and more danceable, inspired by Edilio Paredes and other studio musicians in response to the public’s taste. A style known as the beguine, became extremely popular in cabaret bachata around this time and continued to be for many years. One can imagine that Bachata for the Dominican Replublic as the blues for the U.S.