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Bachatango (often classed as a sensual form of modern bachata) is a style of dance that fuses the four-step Dominican bachata with Argentine tango moves, including elaborated kicks, dips, turns, ganchos, leg wraps and long pauses. The dance is characterized by sensual hip and body movements. Partners hold each other in a closed position where the female’s inside right thigh is in contact with the inside of the male's right thigh, while using the hand placements of typical Latin style dances.


With the popularization of bachata music, dancers worldwide tapped into the romantic side of bachata finding new ways of expressing their passion. In 2002, as bachata began to be played on radio worldwide, dancers learned the basic four-steps to the dance and began to elaborate as they felt would express their passion. Although, the dance style utilizes bachata music it is rarely danced socially amongst bachata dancers or in the Dominican Republic, nor is it danced amongst Argentine Tango dancers. With the quick progression of this style, it is now being danced to both bachata and tango and it is seen in bachata competitions worldwide.

Dancing bachatango[edit]

The basic steps are the same 8 count as bachata only that it produces a side to side motion, while occasionally moving back and forth. Counts 1 - 3 and 5 - 7, when taken, generate a natural hip sway. Counts 4 and 8 will be used to add tango styling. Depending on a person’s style and expression, is executed by a leg lift, kick, hook, long pause, dip or other personal styling preference that will add to the sensuality of the dance.

Basic dance steps

Start with the male making a chassé to the left and the female toward the right. Then follow the counts (provided from the male’s perspective/ the female would be opposite to what is shown);

  1. – Step (toward the right)
  2. – Step (together)
  3. – Step (toward the right)
  4. – Tap (with left leg)
  5. – Step (toward the left)
  6. – Step (together)
  7. – Step (toward the left)
  8. – Tap (with right leg) and repeat.

Note: In a closed position, steps can be made very small. Also, the tap often comes from lifting the hip rather than tapping the foot. Variations exist, including lifting the "tapping" leg completely.

Lessons on bachatango

Many latin dance studios & festivals offer bachatango workshops. These classes are often seen in festivals that also teach Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba. In the Southeast U.S., the Atlanta Bachata Festival and the Unity of Dance Festival in Orlando, Florida offer bachatango workshops.

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