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DR12 first 5 days

DR12 is truly the most
Authentic, Exotic and Fun

DR12 (Dominican Republic 12th Bachata Festival and Dance Adventure) is truly the most authentic, exotic and fun festival in the tropical bachata island DR (Dominican Republic). We have excellent records from the last eleven DR1-DR11 festivals. Participants repeatedly evaluate our festival to offer the best in the world bachata experience. The strongest proof of the quality is that most of the attendees have returned, some up to eight times.

DR9 Quality Guarantee

DR12 is a compact 9 Days: Catamaran + Santo Domingo + Ruta Bachatera

DR12 Catamaran 1 day is the most beautiful and desirable dance experience in the whole world. DR12 Santo Domingo 4 days has 20 workshop hours, 12 Dominican instructors and every night barrio parties and concerts in different clubs. DR12 Ruta Bachata 4 days is a private bus to tour around the island to show the best bachata party places and to see the most famous bachata artists. We ended up in 9 days compact package, a collection of the best of the proven to be the best elements.

DR12 Santo Domingo

What to Expect?

First day Catamaran is a full day relax. All inclusive drink and dance! Enjoy the tropical sun with a nice ocean breeze with the most beautiful paradise view. The beach in the flyer is where we go :-) The following 4 days we spend in the World Heritage old town Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo learning Authentic Bachata and dancing every night in a different barrio club with dominicans. The last 4 days we'll go around the island with a private bus to see the most famous bachata artistsm rural bachata clubs, rivers and mountains.

DR12 Ruta Bus

DR12 is focused on Authentic Bachata®

DR12 is focused on the way Dominicans dance bachata (=Authentic Bachata®). In addition we teach the other Dominican genres (Merengue, Tipico, Son, Bolero, etc.) to survive the parties with locals. We won't teach International Bachata, Kizomba or any other international dances, because they are not danced in the Dominican local clubs. The goal is to learn to dance like a Dominican and to dance with Dominicans in their clubs around the island.

Instructors, workshops and knowledge

The instructor team includes Bachata Ambassador® and about 12 Dominican instructors to teach you how to dance like a Dominican (=Authentic Bachata®). Obviously the Dominican professional instructors know the best how Dominicans dance. You will certainly learn to dance like a Dominican. We are the founders of Authentic Bachata® professional teaching and our instructors have in total over 300 years experience in dancing bachata like a Dominican.

DR12 festival outline in brief

DR12 Santo Domingo part of the festival
Dec 10: Monday
Dec 11: Tuesday
Dec 12: Wednesday
Dec 13: Thursday
Dec 14: Friday
Catamaran Excursion to Saona Island
Workshops, Party @ Zona Colonial
Workshops, Party&Concert @ Barrios
Workshops, Party @ Cabaret
Workshops, Concerts @ Barrio
DR12 Ruta Bachatera part of the festival
Dec 15: Saturday
Dec 16: Sunday
Dec 17: Monday
Dec 18: Tuesday
Private bus, Colmadon, Concert
River Madness, Concert
Divas shopping, concert @ barrio
Returning back to Santo Domingo

DR12 club and artist names

DR1-DR10 revealed all the club and artist names with unpleasant and even dangerous consequences. The Dominican and International Authorities have instructed us NOT to make all information public. We have had 7-14 famous live bands in each of the 11 festivals. DR1..DR11 festivals, read more. E.g. DR11 promised 5 but had 8 concerts including Anthony Santos, Joe Veras, Frank Reyes, Joan Soriano, Zorro Negro, Tony Berroa, Jose Miguel and a Tipico band. DR12 promises 5, but will deliver more because we always keep our promises with the power of our invincible Dominican team.

We have already published 6 live bands and we might end up in 8-10 !!! Impressive, isn't it?

Beginners, adventurers and advanced

DR12 is meant for beginners, adventurers and advanced dancers. Statistically most of the attendees have been beginners and even being advanced dancer does not mean being advanced in Authentic Bachata. Authentic Bachatais a new dance for everyone with totally different rules compared to the dance school dances. We will have time to teach excellent basics and at the same time quick learners will end up in an advanced level. The festival suits well for adventurers who want to concentrate on the diverse party life with Dominicans.

Bachata Ambassador® Innovations

Bachata Ambassador® Vesa is the creator of Authentic Bachata® (the professional way to teach how Dominicans dance Bachata). Vesa was the first one to introduce the philosophy, culture, structure, common practices, magical box and the other elements of Authentic Bachata. Later on he added the concepts of natural, route, adaptation, energy, dominican musicality and the studies of the relative importance of each element. Vesa has created also the concepts Ruta Bachatera, BachataTour, Fine Tuning, Extended Bachata Roots, Rewritten Bachata History, BonfireBachata and Learning to Play Bongo & Guira.


Fine Tuning

Fine Tuning is one of the brilliant ideas of Bachata Ambassador. It's based on four phase repeating: to understand, to polish, to practice and to graduate. You can understand and "learn" the magic box in 1 hour. However you need to repeat and polish it to look like Dominican. DR12 Fine Tuning means repeating, details, fine adjustment and styling the simple looking fundamental movements. Finally you graduate by dancing with random Dominicans. Interesting, isn't it?

Fine Tuning

Fun Activities (=Animations)

DR12 is a PERFECT COMBINATION of the best WORKSHOPS counterbalanced by CRAZY BEACH, CATAMARAN AND CITY ANIMATIONS (=Fun Activities) finalized by the most wanted CONCERTS AND NIGHT PARTIES. We have the best ever animator Carlito and also Yocasti, and Julio to make sure you'll have wonderful active time on the Catamaran, Saona Island, Zona Colonial and Ruta Bachatera.

DR10 Fun Activities

Alone, in pairs or in a group?

Statistically most of the attendees come alone. You don't need a dance partner, because we rotate the attendees in the workshops. The clubs we visit have thousands of Dominicans. Therefore you will have enough chances do dance with dominicans, instructors and with the other participants. DR12 is meant for everyone. We don't have age and skill limitations. DR12 is not a dance competition camp for divas. It's a dance adventure to learn Dominican dance culture and to live the Dominican party life.

DR12 is a must

Dominican Republic (DR) is the home of bachata where virtually everyone dances Bachata. The country is full of talented bachata singers and live bands. This is your opportunity to be inside bachata - to feel, smell and experience it - and to live the real bachata life. DR12 combines the best knowledge and the crazy Dominican dance culture. Welcome to have Dominican fun :-)

DR12 is exotic, fun and scientific

Dance Festivals and congresses tend to be one-dimensional copies of each others repeating the same (many times boring) patterns. DR12 is totally different and unique. It is the only festival that takes participants out of the resort to attend concerts and parties in the local venues to see thousands of Dominicans who have never taken any dance classes but still dance better than westerners. DR12 is tropical, exotic, fun and even crazy. However we take the workshops seriously and we maintain the highest professional knowledge of Authentic Bachata. Some of our instructors are scientist, some historians, engineers, film stars, TV stars, comedian or just crazy jungle dancers.

DR12 has it all !!

DR12 has a full spectrum of Dominican dances and more importantly the real party life all over the tropical island. DR12 is unrivaled trip to bachata paradise. No other promoter or organizer will offer you 5-8 concerts&parties, every night in a different club around DomRep with thousands of Dominicans and the best knowledge on how to teach you to dance like a Dominican and give profound lessons of Dominican dance history and culture. You'll see colmadon, car-wash, cabaret, river madness, rural places and of course also the best bachata clubs. DR12 is a must to see, best in the world bachata congress as the previous festival attendees say.

DR12 means the most advanced workshops, huge concerts, famous artists, special ambient, dine&dance, gourmet, colonial beauty, colonial history, redifining bachata history, bachata barrios, car-wash, sport bar, cabaret, street bachata, colmadon, river madness and beach fun. DR12 brings you the cross-section of Dominican dance culture in the axis regular/ advanced dancers, poor/rich, picapollo/gourmet, colonial beauty/ barrial and a lot of things you don't even know to exist.

Bachata Business Rules in DR

DR3, DR4, DR5, DR7, DR8, DR9 and DR11 went smoothly. We didn't have any problem of whatsoever. Maybe we were just lucky or maybe the festivals were perfectly planned. However, we have to take into consideration that Dominican Republic does not follow all the international rules of business. Some of the Dominican bachata artists, party places and instructors have been known to break the signed and paid legal agreements. Due to these problems DR12 clearly states that nothing can be guaranteed and changes from the published schedule will occur. The changes and cancellations do not entitle ticket holders to any discounts or refunds.  In the past when cancellations occurred we have always found excellent replacements.