What is Bachata?

Bachata is a social dance originating from the Dominican Republic. In the past, it was mostly associated with lower class society, but since its inter­national popularity it has grown more mainstream.

The version of Bachata that we are familiar with, charac­ter­ized by the basic of three steps, followed by a tap on the fourth count, is typi­cally Antil­lian style Bachata. The many possi­bilities in moves, steps and isolations makes it a fun dance with a lot of free­dom for improvi­sation.

Bachata at the USC

  • Thursday        Hall A       20:00 – 20:55

Unit 1 and 4: beginners
Unit 2 and 5: advanced

More information about the dance classes at the University Sports Centre can be found here.

We hope to see you in the dance classes!

About Johnathan Hoijer

My name is Johnathan Hoijer and I’m currently the teacher of Salsa and Bachata at the USC Leiden. Before I came to the Netherlands, I grew up at Bonaire, Venezuela and Curacao. My first acquaintance with Salsa and Bachata was at house parties at the islands, where people went outside to dance together in the evenings. My first steps of Bachata was at a neigh­borhood party at Santo Domingo, where a number of Dominican ac­quain­tances wanted me to learn the basics, so that I could dance with them that same night. I grew up with Salsa music. My mother often played it while cleaning. When I was little, dancing wasn’t really my thing and I tried to avoid it as much as possible, but when I grew older and went to classes, I soon noticed I actually really liked it and I wanted to master every­thing. After having followed many clas­ses, dance teachers asked me to as­sist. Since 2011 I give my own classes in Salsa and Bachata and I still enjoy it!

Next to Salsa and Bachata, I also followed classes in Zouk. In the future, I would like to dance more Zouk, since I really like the dance and the music. In addition, I also followed some clas­ses in Kizom­ba and I would like to learn more about it. Also on my to do list is Samba de Gafieira, another Brazilian dance I like very much.