A number of people have pointed out that my attempt to generalize the “rules” that I use to pick Ballroom music, especially slightly edgy ballroom music have caused the social music parts of the music4dance catalog to veer a bit (or more than a bit) off course. One way to solve this is to spend some time on each of the social dances and see if I can get some more concentrated people knowledge to help contribute to a better list.
And since I’m going to be taking Bachata lessons for the first time starting next week, that seems like a great place to start. I’ve pulled together a couple of the albums that the teacher recommended and some Bachatas from a few other sources to get an initial list together here. What do you think? Am I anywhere close to a decent list? What am I missing or what is on this list that you absolutely wouldn’t dance Bachata to?
The other thing I noticed is that it looks like Bachata has a broad enough history that it may make sense to either split them up (like I did with Tango) or maybe more reasonably start tagging them by sub-style?
Please feel free to respond to this post with song ideas or more general suggestions. You’re also welcome to sign in to the site and start voting on songs. And if you’re not a Bachata expert, that’s all right, there is plenty of room for improvement elsewhere in the catalog.