The side-to-side traveling steps, also known as the Electric Slide, were never part of the original structure of bachata. These steps were not present in classical bachata or its main root, bolero. This means that the new styles that have evolved from bachata and emphasize the side-to-side steps are not accurately labeled as bachata alone.
While dance styles can evolve and incorporate new elements, it is important to acknowledge and respect the roots of the dance. In order for something to truly evolve, it needs to have an origin and transition from a root. Since the side-to-side steps were not part of the classical, original, or even traditional bachata dancing, they cannot be labeled as bachata alone.
The original structure of bachata consisted of stationary steps, box steps, front steps, back steps, side steps, forward-backward steps, and 180-degree turns. These basic steps formed the foundation of traditional bachata dancing.
To use the analogy of building a skyscraper, you need to lay the foundation first and then build the structure. Once the structure is built, an architect can design the building based on that structure. The same principle applies to dance. The original structure of bachata is like the foundation, and from there, new styles can be created and labeled appropriately to avoid misrepresentation.
It is important to set the record straight and label dance styles correctly to avoid confusion and misrepresentation. However, it's worth noting that different dance communities and experts may have varying interpretations of the origins and structure of bachata. Dance is an evolving art form, and different styles may emerge over time.
While I appreciate moderna, fusion, sensual, urbana, and other bachata styles, it is always important to acknowledge and respect the original structure and roots of the dance.