Whoever says this is obviously not very experienced when it comes to the art of dancing in general.
First of all, bachata is a feeling. Everything you think, and do during the dance is very much influenced by emotion, otherwise, you movements would just look mechanical or rehearsed movements. Even if you don't understand spanish, you'd still feel the emotion of the music.
Second of all, to say that Bachata Tradicional is limited is such a blasphemous statement. Lets look at some of some of the basic elements for example...
This is a form where you stay in one spot. Just because you are staying in one spot doesn't mean you can't do anything else. What happen to hand and arm movements? What happen to the closed position? What happen to sliding your foot out or in? What happen to Turns, Patterns, even Spins? Yes, you can do it in a Stationary Steps!
You can do slides. You can incorporate triple steps, double steps and even mambo beats movements. Yes, you can do turns without breaking the box. You can pause whole caressing her hair, etc etc...
- Lots of possible movements here. You have 4 steps going forward and 4 steps going backward, a total of 8 beats! You see I likened these steps from a whole apple pie; you can slice it in two, 4, 6 or 16! Just like in musical note, it can actually be broken down from 2 to 16!
- You can use your hand and arm movements. Lift your legs. You can do triple, double, steps, and on and on.
180 Turn and 360 Turns, Cross Body Leads
- Each of these movements has four beats. Each moves are like a whole pie, you can slice them in many different ways!
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Third of All, the musical composition of bachata gives you many opportunities to come up with awesome movements during a dance. The music in itself has several instruments you can match your musicality with as a dancer - I cannot teach you such thing because it will be coming from you as a dancer based on your emotions and the ability to be one with the music. Bachata Music, on a given song, also have pauses whereby you can act accordingly. There's just so many possibilities!
In conclusion, in any dance form, in any physical discipline, be it martial arts, ballet, sports, one fundamental technique isn't limited. Our left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also performs task that have to do with creativity and the arts. On the other hand, the right hemisphere coordinates the left side of the body, and performs tasks that have do with logic such as with science and mathematics.
I am aware of the rules of Tradicional Bachata Dance. The impression of some dancers is that there are a lot of "No, you can't do that move..." in the dance. Nothing could be further from the truth! If you are trained and well-versed in the original structure of the dance, you can do so many things. Why is this? Because the structure you built, catapults you to execute many movements as an architect of the dance, it's automatic.
Just like in Martial Arts, once you studied the whole system, meaning, you have built a good foundation, every angle - linear, circular, horizontal, vertical, has enormous amount of movements you can do because your structure is set up for it. It's the same way in a dance, there are so many angles you can cover and the structure would still be very evident.
"But, but, but, Rodchata, I just don't like Tradicional cuz I don't feel it..."
Actually, this is a common excuse, and it's actually a cop-out. Most of the people that says this, gave up on their first lesson. They got so frustrated because they are so used to the non-bachata structure that they won't get it overnight. If you think about it, building a structure of a building doesn't happen overnight! Yes, the foundation of the original bachata is hard to learn on the first day. Don't give up. You have to put effort, sacrifice and patience, because in the end, your dancing will be unlimited.
It's very easy to take the easiest route by learning a completely different structure that you can actually learn overnight. The difference, however, is like night and day.
Everyone nowadays, like everything INSTANT; instant coffee this, 1-hour photo that...
Patience and hardwork, applied in building a good foundation goes a long long way because once you built it, it's strong.