The individuals below are (in our opinion) the most innovative and influential people in the world of Bachata dance.
Since 2005 bachata has exploded in popularity in the latin dance scene thanks in part to artists such as Aventura, Prince Royce, Joan Soriano and Juan Luis Guerra.
Rudi “El Tiguere Del Mambo” Lopez – The man behind the Bachata powerhouse Island Touch Dance Academy.
He teaches, provides choreography, and promotes the Island Touch brand which features immensely popular dancers Jorge “Ataca” Burgos and Tanja “La Alemana” Kensinger.
He also organizes Bacha Tu, an event which is held in the Dominican Republic and steadily growing in popularity.
He is also widely known for being one of the more popular Bachata DJ’s across the latin dance festival scene.12.
– One of the most important dancers to initially hit the bachata scene.
Had a major influence in the evolution of taking “Bachata Italian Style” and molding it to what is now called “Bachata Moderna”.
This was held in Sweden after the Sydney Bachata Festival.10.Dominican “Fusion” has become the accepted “Dominican” style danced and taught by the majority of instructors at congresses and workshops.The list is meant to be a source of information and generate healthy conversation…not controversy.– Co-organizer of perhaps the largest bachata festival in the USA, the Los Angeles Bachata Festival.Leslie Ferreira (also a bachata legend from the west coast) serves as the other co-organizer.