Bachata Lessons Toronto

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Do you want to get Bachata Lessons Toronto? Do you feel that you aren’t quite learning to have the style that you want? Well, at Access Ballroom Studio we create a program designed to fit into your schedule and personalize it towards the goal that you are trying to achieve. You will have a mix of group lessons, private lessons, and practice parties. This allows the teacher to give you fine details that will get you to the level you wish to be. Below we have a video example of one of our group classes. However, should you want to see more you can always go to our YouTube Channel

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Well, first of all, the history of bachata dancing started in the Dominican Republic, in cabaret brothels. The brothels came to be bachata’s primary venue. A whole generation of bachateros sings about lovers who are prostitutes, fights, and jealousy over lovers and poverty. The problems of living in the worst, most dangerous barrios in the city, despair, and debauchery. Furthermore, as the seventies ended and the eighties began, bachata had become 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 popular for many years. One can imagine that Bachata for the Dominican Republic is as the blues is for the U.S.

Bachata Styles (that you learn in Bachata Lessons Toronto)

Western “traditional” teaching in Bachata Lessons Toronto

At some point in the late 1990s, dancers and dance-schools in the western world began using a made-up basic step going side to side instead of the box-steps. The basic steps of this pattern move side to side, changing direction after every tap. Most of the styling in this dance is from ballroom dancing. When dancing the bachata, dips are commonly used.


Another dance was developed shortly after the “traditional” and this dance was called Bachatango. It is also a fusion dance from the West with short sequences of “western traditional” basic steps and then added different Tango steps danced like tango. The “pop” count is used to add elaborated sensuality and varied Latin ballroom dance styles and also include the characteristic kicks from tango. The turns are like in the “western traditional” dance.


A dance called modern or Moderna was developed probably from around 2005 on the “western traditional” (first western fusion dance) dance basic elements. The basics are the same as the “western traditional” dance, but with added dance elements and styling from Salsa, tango and Ballroom. In this dance, couples typically move their torsos more and greatly exaggerate the hip-hop (especially the women). The most direct fusion influence on the modern/Moderna dance comes from the adoption of salsa turn patterns; these, together with dips became the core of the dance.

Bachata Sensual taught in Bachata Lessons Toronto

Bachata Sensual was created in Cádiz, Spain by Korke Escalona and Judith Cordero.

Korke learned the basics of bachata in 1998. But with no more information than the basic step (four steps to the side), he started developing his own dance style by using moves from different dances. Bachata Sensual is a dance in between with strict follow and lead principles. The dance is an interpretation of the music with mostly circular movements and body waves. Consequently, when the music has stronger beats, the dance uses isolations and dips.

Bachata Lessons Toronto – Characteristics

Characteristics of Bachata is the close connection between partners, soft hip movements, tap with a small “pop” of the hip on the 4th step (1, 2, 3, tap/hip). Due to this, the romantic character of dancing the Bachata is achieved by using the hip and body actions to create a very sensual movement.

The History of Bachata Music

Bachata Music is originated in the Dominican Republic. It started in the first half of the 20th century with European, Indigenous and African musical elements.

The predecessors of Bachata are Bolero and Son (and later, from the mid-1980s, Merengue). The original term used to name the genre was amargue (“bitterness”, “bitter music”, or “blues music”). However, it changed due to the rather ambiguous (and mood-neutral) term bachata becoming popular. Most noteworthy is that the form of dance, bachata, also developed with the music.

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Gilfred Bynoe & Nathalie Alieh dancing Bachata at Baila Con Gusto in Montreal

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Location to take Bachata Lessons Toronto

Access Ballroom – Toronto’s address is 1463 Gerrard St E (2nd floor) Toronto, ON M4L 1Z9 Canada. The entrance and parking area are in the back.

Bachata Lessons Toronto – Testimonial

First of all, I’ve tried many studios as well as different types of dancing in Toronto. As a result, I can confidently say that Access Ballroom Studio is my top choice. They care about your progress. Lessons are always fun and engaging, and I love the atmosphere and the community here. I feel like I’ve grown so much in the few months I’ve been taking dance lessons here and it’s only the beginning! Thank you guys so much for pushing me beyond my limits and fears and helping me grow after each dance lesson! – Victoria.

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Reasons Why Bachata Lessons Toronto will make you a better person

Everybody knows that training is the key to being in anything including dancing. There is a reason why the saying “practice makes perfect” exists. But as a dance instructor, I am honored in the fact that when I can build a student to a high-level of dance training. I get the opportunity to help shape students as well as help them grow and to better themselves.

Improvements Over Time with Bachata Lessons Toronto

Sometimes students are frustrated when they don’t learn something quickly. In today’s day and age, we are too used to getting instant results that we have become an instant society. If you need answers, just “Google” it, to the point where it has become a verb. If you need to reach someone, then you text them. You want society to see you instantly then you “Instagram” it

But as a dancer you know or learn very quickly that there is no way to raise your skill level instantly. In Bachata Lessons Toronto we train you to realize that it takes hard work and repetition plus to acquire any skill of value takes time. This is the way that the body and the brain works. For the majority of your life, day after day, week after week, year after year you have walked. You don’t think about it, nor are you saying in your head, left, right, left, right. The Mother of learning is Practice!

Methods of learning And Opportunities for Growth with Bachata Lessons Toronto

At Access Ballroom Studio, we do assessments to place students at the right level. Especially since we work with the medal system we have to educate them on what it means and how to move up. We always remind the students that in order to move up to the next level then you must perfect the skills required. With mastery of certain techniques, it prepares you for the next step in learning. You wouldn’t start someone who knows nothing of Math with Algebra and Calculus. You would start by teaching them what each of the numbers meant and their value, which leads you to teach them plus and minus, then the times’ table, etc… Just because it’s dance classes doesn’t mean that the method of learning is any different.

Life Doesn’t Just Give You What You Want…You Have To Earn It

In Bachata Lessons Toronto you are entitled to what you have earned. What that means is just showing up is not going to get you what you want. My favorite students have been and will always be the students who show up on time and are prepared. They practice, work hard and they persevere. As a teacher that wants to give the best to my students every class, I’m required to prepare for the lesson beforehand. So it’s only natural that I’ll appreciate the students that practice and push themselves forward. Even if they don’t become the most skilled dancer in the dance school, they will still reap the most benefits.

You Learn Not To Rate Yourself vs Others in Bachata Lessons Toronto

In a world that is so concerned about the cover instead of the book, Access Ballroom Studio teaches you that what others think is not the most important thing. Rather it is what you think is important. Your goal shouldn’t be to be better than the person next to you but rather to be better than you were before. To do your personal best and to beat yourself. Even if you can’t do it today, there will always be the next class and time to practice before you go at it again.

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