About Bachata Sensual
Quoting Judith: "Sensual Bachata is a love story that unfold on the dance floor" and thus is aesthetically beautiful to watch. It is a mix between dance and theater.
The dance it therefore filled with moments of passionate pauses that creates visual floating pictures that take your breathe away.
These are sprinkled on top of the regular basic step and beautiful turn patterns.
Another element to break the flow of energy in this dance and to hit certain stops in the music is the use of isolations.
In the stops of the music, the leader isolates the follower's upper or lower body, so as to steer only one part of the follower's body to create visual stops that are robotic looking.
This creates a nice opposite to the rest of the dance which has a more floating and flowing vibe.
As the dance style has grown and competitions have become more popular, the dance has become more open in a more show style like manner.
Yet, the core essence of sensual Bachata is body leads and steering the girl in close position. The movements are ripple- or wave like and based on natural flow movement through the power of inertia. The dance can therefore easily follow the slow sensual songs that are popular today and the more hip hop/ r&b influenced songs that have more pops, stops and attacks in the music.
Korke and Judith have based their style on strict follow and lead principles and these moves have been largely tested out on the dance floor while social dancing. In order to make the style universal and bullet proof in terms of lead and follow, the system was tested on different girls different countries. Eventually a very solid system was made ensuring that almost everything they teach is leadable and not choreography based so that every student learns how to dance with anyone after a class (even someone who doesn't know this style should be able to follow a good leader).
Korke says that he grew as a dancer because he danced with everyone and a good leader should be able to lead anyone. A good leader should be able to lead the worst follower. Thus a Bachata leader must learn how human movement works and how to easily move a follow's using natural placement, gravity and the energy of circular movement. The lead's job is to start and stop the follow's movement and the follow's main job is to follow by finishing the movement that the lead initiates. This energy makes the move feel transcendent and magical for the follow as the body continues to move in the natural energy lanes of circular movement. The lead feels totally in control of the follow at every moment as he is educated and has knowledge of how the body can be lead in the most natural and efficient way based mostly on circular movement, inertia and natural energy.
Korke discovered the basic steps of Bachata at the age of 21. With no more information than the basic step and the Bachata music, he started developing his own dance style.
It was a time without social media, so he was forced to make his own moves and turn patterns.
Korke's goal is to make Bachata a universal "dance language" meaning that his students will learn how to lead anything, on any girl, anywhere.
"I don't want you to dance like me, I want you to dance better than your teacher. Only if you reach that level, I can grow." - Korke
In 2002, he started teaching his first Bachata class. Korke became the director of a salsa show team called "Dancing Dragons" in 2006, where his current dance partner Judith also danced.
Judith began dancing at a very young age. She started competing professionally in rhytmical gymnastics at age 7. She simultaneously trained in ballet.Her parents where also avid dancers and took her out dancing salsa when she was 16.
Judith's goal is to teach girls to follow any leader while still keeping their individual style in the process.
Judith was asked to join the show team Korke managed and he quickly noticed her exceptional talents as a complete dancer. Judith helped develop Bachata Sensual into the very same elegance, grace and beauty that she herself possesses as a dancer rooted in her long training in the art of human movement and the aesthetics of ballet. She helped turn the dance into "eye candy", something very pleasing to the eye.
Currently, apart from Korke y Judith, there are several world-renown couples that represent Bachata Sensual as official Bachata Sensual Ambassadors. These Ambassadors are tasked with spreading the technique of Bachata Sensual around the world. Some of these couples include;
Luis y Andrea
Truji y Gloria
Kike y Nahir
Kiko y Christina
Berra y Laura
Pablo y Raquel
Carlos y Pamela
Jony y Noe
In addition, the couples below aren't official Bachata Sensual ambassadors, but amazing instructors of this style that we love:
Marco y Sara
Ofir and Ofri
Leo and Jomante
Mauricio y Simona
Marcelo y Belen