atlanta bachata observations.

[These are imported from a Facebook discussion I had with Raf] 

I just came back from Atlanta and had the chance to go salsa dancing one Wednesday to the Tongue & Groove.

I loved the bachata music: significantly faster than the stuff played locally. Salsa speed, sometimes. They played 2-3 songs in succession just past midnight and again at the end of the night.

The proximity between partners is relatively distant. There must have been a foot of space between partners in closed position. Most stuck with the basics; not a lot of turning or combos. The more advanced bachata dancers took advantage of the faster beat and played with their footwork akin to the Dominican style. Saw only one couple getting steamy a la Rafael!

It may have just been this particular venue, though some of the locals mentioned that bachata isn’t as popular in Atlanta versus Vancouver.

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