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Bachata Ambassador explains the
Extended Bachata Roots

The Extended Bachata Roots workshop will be an exciting journey to tainos, conquistadors, slaves, palo, atabales, religion, belief, fears, leisure, celebrations, politics, bourgeois, peasants, trujillo, merengue and tipico in the timeframe 1400-1960. We will raise up the details which had an impact on the evolution of the music and dance in Dominican Republic.

DR6 History Lesson Participants

Bachata Ambassador Vesa has done a lot of work together with Dominican historians Melody to present a compact and visually package History of the Dominican Music and Dances and Rewritten Bachata History.

Extended Bachata Roots

This workshop explains cronologically the Dominican music and dance evolution. You will understand of what Tainos (the aboriginal inhabitants of DR), Spaniards and African slaves brought to Dominican music and dance. The ancient colonies were small and controlled by religions, law, beliefs and habits. During the 500 years period there were a dozens of music genres and most of these genres still exist.

Palo is the oldest Dominican dance widely danced today also. DR6 had 3 workshop hours, 1 Palo band live, 1 Palo animation by the pool and 1 Palo show. DR7 had amazing Palo show on the beach. DR8 had also Palo workshops and shows.

Above Yonathan Palo show and below Andina Palo dance.

Here is a demonstration of the ancient Merengue danced on the rhythm of drum.

Merengue as a linear dance.




Dominican Republic had a rich music and dance culture already in the 1700 and 1800 centuries. Due to the powerful drumming culture, traditions of the small ethnical groups, religions and politics the music was concentrated on merengue, tipico and palo type of music.

The powerful music, drumming and dancing didn't leave space for the romantic genres like Bolero and Tango. There weren't any resources to import the famous bolero artists to DR. Therefore bolero existed just in a form of troubadours paying in whore houses, streets and bars.

Dominican Son was in a better position and it spread all over the DR. Dominicans even believe that Son or certain Son subgenres were first created in DR. Ayway it's clear that the Son artists travelled back and forth between Cuba and DR.


Dominican Republic was an isolated latin island with powerfull palo, merengue an tipico culture. The rest of the latin world consumed huge amount of romantic music but due to the power music and Trujillo the romantic era seriously started from the 60's.