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Bachata Ambassador® Vesa

Bachata Ambassador® Vesa, the owner of the trademark Authentic Bachata® and the creator of the methods to teach "how Dominicans dance bachata" as a professional way, the organizer of the first ever bachata festival in DomRep and DR1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 organizer, has created a new world record bachata event DR9 RUTA BACHATERA.

Bachata Ambassador Vesa

Bachata Ambassador Vesa is now creating the worlds largest Bachata Festival - DR9 VIP FULL FULL 16 DAYS December 2-17, 2016 and DR10 to the end of January 2017. The January festivals DR8, DR6, DR4, DR3 and DR2 had international attendees from 540 counytries and over 10 000 Dominicans in the parties.

Vesa Profile

Vesa does the strategic bachata and bolero workshops with Yocasti and bachata evolution story with Melody, Yocasti and first bachateros of the world.

Vesa and Yocasti

Bachata Merit List

Vesa has visited Dominican Republic since 1989 over 30 times, seen bachata of the 90's, been bachata Dj since 1997, organized parties with bachata since 1997, organized the first really big bachata only party 2003. Vesa is the organizer of the second bachata festival in the whole world (Finland 1st Bachata Festival) and the first ever in Dominican Republic (DR1). Vesa has organized 7 bachata festivals in Europe and now comes the 9th and 10th bachata festival in DR. Vesa is the founder of Authentic Bachata (the way Dominicans dance bachata) in a sense that he created the methods to teach "how Dominicans dance bachata" as a professional way to the world. While the other promoters bring the copies of their international festivals to DR, Vesa does fully Dominican events. Vesa brings the international attendees to the local clubs to dance with Dominicans. Vesa understood right from the beginning that this is the only correct way - the authentic way. All his festival participants will also confirm this being the only right solution.

Understanding the tremendous effort

Organizing a Bachata weekend with workshops and parties is a piece of cake. Having live band multiplies the complexity, because the artists need accommodation, food and transport but more importantly you need to provide the concert place, sound system and a huge marketing to sell the event. Have you ever bought a sound system (mics, stands, mixer, amplifiers, PA's) to do a live band gig? I have boagh, a really good one.

How frequently you have the live bachata bands in your city? Most probably never? Bachata promoters cannot afford bands, because they would need hundreds of attendees to pay it. There is only a handful of bachata festivals and congresses getting thousands of attendees to buy 2-3 bachata bands for one event. Have you ever tried to organize a bachata event to a far away country? It complicates your life. Several bands most probably distroy your life. How about doing an event in DR which does not fully follow the western business making rules? Vesa has done succesfully all of these. Vesa has hired over 70 live bands (Luis Vargas, Yoskar Sarante, Kiko Rodriguez, Joe Veras, Luis Miguel del Amargue, Marino Castellano, Ramon Torres, Teodoro Reyes, El Pequeno de la Bachata, etc.. DR1-3-4-6-8 had about 14 live bands (some of them solo artists).

Vesa Cool Bachata

There are just a few dance schools in Dominican Republic and most of them are specialized in Salsa. Before Vesa there weren't professional bachata instructors. Vesa had to educate the first ones and now his DR festival factory has all the best Dominican bachata instructors. Teaching the authentic is difficult, because it's in the blood of dominicans and they haven't done extensive studies on the philosophy, structure, elements and common usages of authentic bachata. Vesa had to educate the talented Dominican dancers (and other genre instructors) to understand the philosophical part of bachata and helped them to get started with the authentic bachata workshops.

Authentic Bachata

Authentic Bachata (=the way Dominicans dance bachata) is a dance genre of it's own. It's an architechture with a commonly known structure with preferred patterns and practices. The styling and decorating varies. Therefore every Dominican looks like dancing differently. Read the whole definition


Dominican press gave Vesa the artistic title Bachata Ambassador® 2006 when Vesa did heroic act by being the first one to organize huge bachata concerts in Northern Europe. Bachata Ambassador® is officially registered trademark. Vesa registered also Authentic Bachata® to prevent it to be spoiled by the misusage of the international instructors.

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Instructor of the Authentic Bachata

Vesa has most propably the best method to teach the Authentic Bachata Fundamentals (1 hour) and Essentials (2 hours). The fundamentals workshop (in DR9) makes practical magic, the attentees instantly feel like dancing authentic. The essentials workshop is to learn the basics and to understand the broad scope the authentic bachata.

Instructors Vesa&Yocasti

The reason why Vesa (non dominican instructor) is talented in teaching the fundamentals and essentials is because he has the longest scientific experience (many times longer than any Dominican has). Vesa knows the international bachata styles to easily make a judgement of what belongs and don't belong to authentic bachata. Most importantly he is experienced in undertanding why international attendees have problems to learn Authentic.

Vesa Instructor

There are unlimited ways to shine in authentic bachata. Therefore all our diamond level Dominican instructors can be regarded as the best authentic bachata dancers, because all of them have different styling. This is the great secret of authentic bachata. The way Dominicans dance share a common structure and elements (Vesa's workshops), but the styling varies (DR9 diamond level Dominican instructors).

Vesa Liccelot

Vesa has resently studied why some videos have hundreds of thousands or millions of visitors. Vesa will reveale some of these secrets together with Yocasti.

Vesa@Yocasti Colmadon Bachata

The video on the top of the page and below have been recorded in the Colmadons of DR.

Magic box by Vesa&Yocasti

Triple natural by Vesa&Yocasti

Vesa&Francelis Bachata&Merengue

Vesa@Yocasti Bolero

Vesa&Liccelot Bolero

Vesa&Yocasti Merengue

Vesa&Liccelot Merengue

Bachata History and Evolution

Dominican Republic has an extremely interesting colonial history where the music and dancing has played an important role. Tainos, Columbus, Slaves, Drum, Religions, Beliefs and Politics have been the driven forces in the music and dance evolution. Why DR ended up in being Palo and Merengue country? How Bachata evolved? Why there are so many false Bachata evolution stories? Vesa believes that all of this is needed to understand the Authentic Bachata while e.g. Zumba/Gym/International Bachata dancers aren't interested in the historical and cultural aspects. In the picture below Vesa is discussing the bachata history with the bachata prioneers Edilio Paredes, Esteban Mariano and Hermanos Paula in DR4.

Vesa Bachata History

Vesa has organized also the concert of Jose Manuel Calderon, who recorded the first bachata in the world.

Endless Amount of Ideas

Vesa noticed that learning how to play Bongo and Guira will help you to hear the rhythm of bachata more precisely. It's amazing how easy it is to learn to play the bachata basics and how much it helps the dancing.


Vesa has done several times an excursion to Fula river. It's a mountain jungle with no international tourists, just Dominicans having traditional fun of eating, drinking, swimming and dancing.

Vesa noticed that 1 2 3 tap stepping isn't the only way to learn to dance authentic bachata. He is constantly creating new approaches on how to learn authentic or how to imitatate the natural learning processes of Dominicans.

Keep returning

We keep offering the new ideas, ground-braking ideas. Authentic Bachata is too huge to be fully covered. DR festivals will introduce new cities, beaches, clubs, artists, instructors, animators and most importantly the new ideas that the other events never have heard about. Keep returning to the most authentic, exotic and fun festival in the world.