The demand for bachata venues in the metroplex is directly proportionate to Dallas’ growing appreciation for the Dominican-based dance. The music is hypnotic, the moves are heated and the dancers impassioned. Strengthening cries of “We want more! We want more!” echo throughout danceland. These cries signal a determination to create a new world where an independent bachata can stand without relying on salsa, its more established counterpart. A revolution is brewing and DFW is a breeding ground for those looking to fuel its flames.
The revolutionaries at the heart of this movement held their rally at Vegas-style sports bar Mr. Bigs in Dallas on Thursday, October 6. The Dallas International Bachata Festival, DJ Barney of DJ Barney Live and Ana Parada of Uptown Latino hosted “Bachata Revolution,” a dance social catered to the needs of a bachata-seeking population. They gave fans a platform to express their belief in the genre’s viability. The mothers and fathers of the movement, though, are all the deejays, musicians and dancers who inspire interest in the latest Latin dance trend.
And inspire interest they did. Newcomers to the scene were enticed by steamy performances and music that begged a dance (or two or three or twelve) from its listeners. Geovanny, Elizabeth and Carlos formed a love triangle in their bachata exposition danced to Aventura’s “El Malo.” Robert Lay & Delissa Ortega of Rumba y Fuego defied gravity with their routine. David Herrera exhibited his solo skills and N’Kla-V Dance Crew showcased its talented youth members in the middle of Mr. Bigs’ generous dance floor. Set a week before the Dallas International Bachata Festival, “Bachata Revolution” tested the Caribbean waters and detected a community ready to explode into existence. Parada shared a little post-event insight:
‘Bachata Revolution’ was an idea that came to my mind after seeing how the bachata community and bachata lovers are growing so fast in DFW. It meant so much to have Jorge Elizondo supporting my idea, as he is such an inspiration for what I am doing… Hearing the word that people loved the event and are excited about the next one made me feel great… People are hungry for more bachata.
It’s that hunger that calls out to the supporters of the cause who can be found throughout North Texas demonstrating their loyalty wherever bachata is heard. Don’t be alarmed if you hear late-night calls claiming, “The regulars are coming out!” Paul Revere has not returned from the dead for one last midnight ride to warn citizens of Britain’s impending retaliation. The calls come from the dancers in Dallas. They’re basking in the burgeoning bachata revolution.
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