While a regular weekly dance class or lesson in a studio, or a club emphasizes dance moves rehearsed by a teacher an hour prior to teaching them, training programs, such as offered by Rodchata, focuses on the dance structure (The way Dominicans dances it in DR), fundamentals from beginner to advance.
The training program is a proven system that emphasizes a step by step guide in creating and guiding a true bachata dancer.
The Six Training Levels of Bachata Rodchata System
Level 1 - Foundational Footwork and Structure
Level 2 - Foundational Partnering and Structure
Structure is the cornerstone of bachata dance. A student must be grounded with all the fundamental techniques before he/she can move up to Level 3.
Level 3 - Fundamentals of Partner Connection - Leading and Following (Postures, Attitude, Musicality, Hand Movements)
Level 4 - Intermediate Footwork (Syncopations)
Focuses on more advanced syncopations that is either individual or complimentary (partners) with hand and foot coordination
Level 5 - Advance Footwork, Partnering and Advance Timing (Breaking on2 or on3)
Level 6 - Fusion and Innovation
How to incorporate other moves and techniques from other dance disciplines (Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Kizomba, etc) without demolishing the original structure of bachata
The Rodchata Bachata Training Program offers a comprehensive step-by-step course for any students desiring to dance bachata socially or teach it.
Rodchata teaches Bachata training class every Wednesday at the Allegro Ballroom (www.allegroballroom.com - 730pm)
Q: What if I am already an advance dancer, do I have to take Level 1 instead of jumping to Level 4?
A: You will need to start on Level 1 first. The teacher will decide if you are ready to move up or skip certain levels of the training program
Q: How much are the rates, do you charge hourly?
A: No, I don't charge hourly. Depending on your dance skill and familiarity of the dance structure, you will go through six training sessions or more. And you will be charged for the whole training sessions in advanced.
Q: What is the difference between other bachata "styles" than the one you are offering?
A: It's very simple, this training program focuses on original bachata structure, the way the Dominicans dance it. All you need to do is look at a person dancing the Dominican Way versus non-Dominican Way, the difference is like night and day.
Q: Where can you teach?
A: Anywhere. I travel a lot. If I happen to be in your city, email me. Or if you happen to live in the Bay Area, Sacramento, or any driveable locations, as long as it's planned in advance, I'm there.
Rodney Rodchata's Bio
Rodney Rodchata Aquino is an Afro-Latin Dance instructor, promoter and lecturer in the world. He was the first man in history to ever organize the very 1st international bachata festival in USA (Reno Bachata Festival and SF Bachata Festival), and co-organized 2nd Lithuanian Bachata Festival, 1st Dominican Republic Bachata Festival, Hawaii Bachata Festival, Flirt Seattle Dance Festival , SF Kizomba Zouk Festival, Boise Afro-Latin Festival and is involved with over 15 dance festivals all over the world.
Responsible for revolutionizing bachata dance in USA, RODCHATA, as bachateros intimately calls him, has been in the Latin Dance scene for over 18 years and is considered the foremost authority in the bachata dance, both Dominican and Modern styles. He has sold his DVD line up, a 5-volume of dance instructional DVDs of bachata, salsa and merengue, to over 60 countries, and just produced new DVDs; The Secrets of Dominican Bachata - How Bachata is Danced.
A certified dance instructor, Rodchata's solid dance background includes Latin International Ballroom, Kizomba, salsa (on1, on2 mambo, and Cuban son), chachacha, merengue and bachata. He had been studying the bachata culture by visiting the Dominican Republic, and eventually getting involved in starting the 1st bachata festival there. He has since revolutionized bachata dancing in USA and the world.