Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion. This is followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat.
In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open or closed position. Dance moves, or step variety, during performance strongly depends on the music, setting, mood, and interpretation. Bachata is a dance, done by a person with another, to express the feelings one has for another. It is believed by most, that the more smoothly and frequently the hips are used and moved, the more feelings the individual has for the other. Bachata originated as a sort of “mating call,” if you were selected for a dance of bachata, you were chosen as a mate, two dances with the same individual, “sealed the deal.”