1. Let’s Go Bachata?

Not many people know that Bachata is a native Dominican dance. Rhythms, movements and plastic are inherited by Dominican children with mother’s milk and accompany them all their life. This can be seen when visiting a kindergarten (collegio, “collehio”), on matinees or birthdays in Dominican families. Here for example is one of them:

Arriving to the Dominican Republic for a tour bought in Moscow you perhaps will never see this. Tour agencies in Russia offer holiday trips to the Dominican South: Bavaro, Punta Cana. The conveyor of their tourist industry built in the manner of our usual Turkey “alles inclusive”. Grinds the tourist flow from the airport like a kitchen at McDonald’s: offering tourists the limited set of the standard options.

To understand the mentality of the island and feel “el sabor” (“El Savor”, taste, flavor) of the real Dominican life go to the Dominican North: Puerto Plata, Santiago, the famous “capital of the winds”: the village of Cabarete. With “alles inclusive” there can be much worse. But in terms of freedom of choice, the “presence effect” in the real life of the Caribbean island, extreme and thrill: you gain five hundred percent profit.

You will forget the gray Moscow snow, gray skies and pieces of gray mud moving along the acid-soaked asphalt of the capital hiding under the thick layer of last year’s dust mixed with acid snow and sand the tired iron of cars manufactured in the defeated Germany.

2. Sasha – Masha.

I saw them at one of the discos in the club Emerald, one of the many along the shore of the famous beach of Cabarete. At these discos you can see everything. Do not be surprised if you are a guy when a girl before you starts to make rotational movements with her butt, touching your …. Or if you are a girl: the same can be expected from local guys. This is just a local version of reggaeton.

Sasha and Masha were not like the local, but the style and expressiveness of their dance was as if they had been doing it since birth. Sasha and Masha came to the Dominican Republic for wintering. Sasha’s work allowed remote participation in the project in one of the Moscow software companies.

Earlier they were engaged in Latin dances. The local style of salsa, bachata, merengue and other Latin American dances was very different from the one they were learned to in Moscow.

3. Learn while teaching.

Gradually adopting the manners of local dancers Sasha and Masha remembered this principle. So there was a “dance school”: an ad in the local newspaper, facebook and on the walls of the local supermarket “Janet” attracted “students.” “The Headquarter” was organized in one of the kaiters’ hotels on the Kite beach. Judging by the memories of Masha: this is how the “Bailamar” grew up. “Bailar” is to dance in Spanish. “Mar” is the sea.

But, let’s listen to the heroes themselves. I wrote this interview in the club “Lima” near “Barricadnaya” metro station. The Moscow version of “Bailamar” which Sasha and Masha organized during one of their “emergency wintering” in the capital:

4. Masha:

Bachata is danced all over the world, but nobody all over the world do not knows how to dance “the genuine bachata”. When we arrived we also did not know. But we discovered that locals danced quite differently than everybody in the World. We had a desire to show to the other people in Moscow a real Dominican style, a real bachata and a real culture, as it is going on here in Dominican.

5. Sasha:

The first time we arrived in the Dominican Republic in 2013. It had been an Internet project, a startup and we did not care where to work. We chose the country completely by accident. At that time we were already engaged in dancing: dancing salsa, European version of bachata. Arriving, we found that bachata here is completely different. We began to study culture, dancing and it went …

6. Masha:

I danced since childhood. Before we went to the Dominican Republic I taught club dances. So when we arrived I decided to continue teaching. Salsa and bachata we danced for ourselves as a hobby. In Moscow I worked as the head of sales in a logistics company. So dancing was not my profession. When we decided to leave I quit the job in logistics.

At first there was confidence, that if something does not work out here in Dominican, I can always go back. We did this: we came to the Dominican Republic for the summer, then we came back and again I went to my company. When we arrived in the Dominican Republic for the third time I realized that somehow I did not want to go back to work, “to someone else’s uncle” and to solve problems with logistics, shipping and the sea containers.

7. Bailamar and Dominican Flow.

On this wave I decided to do my projects in full force. Sasha continued to work as a programmer, and I fully devoted myself to the school in the Dominican Republic and the project in Russia. So Bailamar and Dominican Flow were born.

8. Sasha:

Dominican Flow is a state of mind, a state of flow. “Soaring over the dance floor.” Quality and level of satisfaction from the dance. Bailamar took us 24 hours a day and was originally planned as a commercial project. Initially, it was designed for small groups, to “immerse” in culture and could not make a profit. It was a project at the level of self-sufficiency.

9. Masha:

Today we are “spinning out” the similar project in Moscow. The fact that most Muscovites do not associate bachata and Latin American dances with the Dominican Republic. Everyone has in mind Cuba. To learn “on the spot” you need to go to Cuba. As a last they may mean any resort in the “tourist” Dominican Republic to the south of the island, in Bavaro. In fact, this is a purely artificial tourist area, in which little is present in terms of the culture of the Dominican Republic.

10. Las Terrenas.

The whole program of Bailamar is held mainly in Las Terrenas. But we are sure to visit Santo Domingo, Santiago, Jarabacoa, Bonao… All the places where there is something interesting from the point of view of Dominican culture. Each program is slightly different. Even those who come to us second and third time can always discover something new.

11. Local and expats.

When we taught in the Dominican Republic the “students” were mostly expats, tourists with local girls or Dominicans with visiting girls. But then the Dominicans appeared who consciously decided that they want to learn bachata from us.

Local liked our style, our pitch, all our “chips”. “Beau Mond” of Dominican Republic does not dance bachata especially. Salsa, merengue … “Elite” Dominicans just recently began to perceive bachata as something “permissible”.

12. Papa Juan.

It so happened that this year we are “wintering” in Moscow. On Fridays we hold Latin American parties in Lima restaurant, code-named “Papa Juan”. You can see it here. We do it together with the dance school “Arminikas”. Here with our arrival appeared a “Dominican” branch.

So, if you are interested in hot Dominican rhythms in the cold Winter Moscow: welcome to us!

Text: © LaGente.do

Photography: © Princessario

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