DR11 has 20 workshops, Bachata Ambassador® and about 10 Dominican instructors (Yocasti, Carlito, Carlos&Susan, Wilson, Alejandro, David, Jean, Melody and Julio with their dance partners) to cover all the aspects of Authentic Bachata (=the way Dominicans dance Bachata) and a bit of Merengue, Tipico, Bolero and Son. In addition we have some lessons of how to play Bongo and Guira.
Together with the dance partners there are now 10 confirmed instructors. More to be annbouced later on.
DR11 key instructor: Yocasti from DomRep
Yocasti from Santo Domingo is the most famous Authentic Bachata (the way Dominicans dance it) instructor in the world. She has in the festival YouTube channel over 100 videos. The Yocasti video with Yeri la Ley has over 1 million visitors, 2000 visitors daily, while the other instructors have just 10-100 visitors daily.
Yocasti was 2015 the best Salsa dancer in Dominican Republic. She can dance and teach Authentic Bachata, Salsa, Bolero, Son, Cha, Merengue, Tipico, Mambo, Palo, Dembow and natural/authentic concepts of many dances more.
Yocasti can do all the Authentic Bachata styles, e.g calm, polished, sophisticated and peculiar. She is both the barrio and high class dancer with the knowledge of the cultural rules connected to dominican bachata. Read the Yocasti story and look at the videos.
Yocasti knows the philosophy, cultural aspects, structure, common elements and the styling issues of Authentic Bachata. In the video below she and Bachata Ambassador explains the complicated issues of Authentic Bachata Footwork.
Yocasti does the DR11 workshops together with Bachata Ambassador.
DR11 key instructor: Bachata Ambassador
Bachata Ambassador® Vesa is the creator of the professional teaching of Authentic Bachata (=the way Dominicans dance bachata). He is the one who organized the first ever Bachata Festival in Dominican Republic. Vesa has visited Dominican Republic over 35 times during the last 28 years. When he started to plan the DomRep Bachata Festivals there were no schools, instructors or methods to teach bachata. Dominicans learned their bachata naturally. Bachata Ambassador has educated huge amount of Dominican talented intructors to be able to teach Authentic Bachata and therefore most of them have got their oportunities to teach all around the world.
Bachata Ambassador has the key knowledge of Authentic Bachata. Bachata Ambassador & Yocasti can actually teach pretty quivkly you dance like a Dominican. In addition we teach Bachata history, Bolero and in other events Cha, Merengue and the concepts of Natural and Authentic. Read the whole story and look at the videos of Bachata Ambassador.
DR11 key instructor Carlito Calgano
Carlito from DomRep is the best ever animator. He is absolutely the most talented, most fun, unrivaled genious of animations (=fun activities). He is also an excellent instructor of Authentic Bachata, Merengue, Salsa and Animations. Carlito will be the styling acrobat of DR11. Read the whole story and look at his videos to understand his great talent.
DR11 super star Alejandro Bachata
Alejandro is our visiting star, the fully natural Dominican bachata dancer and performer.
DR11 diamond: Wilson: Play Bongo and Guira
Wilson from Santo Domingo is a professional musician who works with the famous Dominican bachata bands. Wilson is really motivated to do the "How to pla Bongo and Guira" lessons. You can actually learn the basics in 1 hour, but more importantly you'll learn how the music is constructed to hear the instruments in bachata music. Hearing the changes in the music makes you a better bachata dancer.
DR11 diamond instructors Carlos&Susan
Carlos is most probably the best dance instructor in Dominican Republic. Iit's great pleasure to follow his logical, exact and fun teaching. Susan is a perfect co-instructor with Carlos.
DR11 evergreen talent: Julio
Julio has most probably earned more prizes than any other bachata&salsa dancer in DomRep. Julio is a talented dance instructor but also a really famous comedian. Julio will give us some Merengue workshop and party help in Ruta Bachatera. See more of Julio.
DR11 background influence: Melody
Melody from DomRep still remembers the early phases of bachata. Therefore she is the eye-witness on how bachata was born and why dominicans are so fond of it. Melody is a professional historia. She will teach together with Bachata Ambassador the early Bachata history. In addition Melody will teach Dominican Son with Hilary. Hilary is an excellent instructor and a well-known sonero in Santo Domingo dance scene.
Live Bands and Concerts
Hot hot - bang bang news - DR11 has Frank Reyes
Look at the fancy concert and excursion flyers of the DR1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Bachata Festivals in Dominican Republic. It's an amazing collection, isn't it? Bachata Ambassador® Vesa has done miracles - stunning heroism - showing the real Dominican bachata life to the whole world. That's the reason why the attendees keep returning. Vesa has organized more than 85 parties and live concerts in the best bachata clubs of Dominican Republic.
The previous DR festivals have had Anthony Santos, Raulin Rodriguez, Luis Vargas, Joe Veras, Kiko Rodriguez, Joan Soriano, El Chaval, Luis Miguel del Amargue, Yoskar Sarante, Teodoro Reyes, El Pequeno de la Bachata, Coronel, Ramon Torres, Marino Castellano, Bolivar Peralta, Andy Santiago, Atabales San Miguel, Zorro Negro, Felix Cumbe, Los Ciudadenos, Eudis, Jose Manuel Calderon, Esteban Mariano, Los Hermanos Paula, Edilio Paredes, Kelvin, Adolfo Guerrero, Fenix, Celito, Fanny Hidalgo, Bachata Academy Kids and a long list more.
DR9 had both of them. DR11 will have one of the TOP 5 bachata artists.
DR11 confirmed live bands
DR11 Santo Domingo Wednesday night we have both Zorro Negro and Jose Miguel.
DR11 Santo Domingo Friday night we have Grupo Dinastia.
Ruta Bachatera has the most wanted Diamon level artist Frank Reyes.
Ruta Bachatera last band Tony Berroa.