Bachata is a popular form of Social Dance originating from the Dominican Republic. It originated in the Dominican Republic in the late 1950’s but was frowned upon by the upper class and the dictator, Trujillo, and was actually banned in the Dominican Republic during periods in its history.
When bachata arrived in New York in the 1990’s with the group Aventura its popularity grew exponentially. Since then two very popular styles of the dance have been created. Bachata Moderna, which as the name suggests is a modernized version of the dance including influences from other styles of dance such as Salsa, and Bachata Sensual that was created in Cádiz, Spain by Korke Escalona and Judith Cordero.