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DR12 Workshop OutlineDR12 Full 9 Days
Festival Program

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.

Focus and goal

We will teach you to dance like a Dominican and you will dance with Dominicans in their clubs around the island of DR. In order to be able to dance with Dominicans you need Authentic Bachata structure, common elements, stepping technics, musicality and cultural issues. Authentic Bachata is totally different than International Bachata, based on natural life long learning processes. It's certainly much more complicated, but feels so good with Dominicans.

Live Concerts and Special Parties

We have already published 6 live bands and we might end up in 8-9. In addition you'll get colmadon, car-wash, cabaret parties and a fancy done&dance party in the most prestige gourmet restaurant of Santo Domingo.

Totally different than all the other events in the world

DR12 does not have kizomba, international bachata or any other dance genres that dominicans don't listen&dance in their clubs. However Dominican Republic has the best Bachata music and dance. In addition you'll get the other Dominican music&dance genres like merengue, tipico, mambo, salsa, son and dembow. DR12 will not visit international resort hotels or the beaches meant just for tourists, because there is no Authentic Bachata. DR12 is committed to be 100% authentic dominican dance adventure made by Dominicans. While international participants of the other events dance just together in a resort hotel, we go every night to a different barrio club to dance with dominicans. While the congresses in the world tend to concentrate just on shows and randomly selected advanced footworking technics, we have highly advanced in-depth training of Authentic Bachata to make sure all the participants will learn to dance like a dominican. In addition to the excellent workshops, parties and concerts, DR12 is a Dance Adveture to see the cities, barrios, countryside, rivers, catamaran, colmadonm car-wash, cabaret and everything related on how Dominicans have Bachata Fun.

Where we meet, accommodate and get started ?

Festival dates are Dec 10-18, but your flight and accommodation should be Dec 9-19. The Pre-Registration is at the Hotel Palacio 6PM and at the Antiguo Hotel Europa 6:30PM on Sunday Dec 9. There after we continue to see the mighty Grupo Bonye concert @ Ruins. The Catamaran Excursion will start 6:50AM from the lobby of Hotel Palacio and 7:00AM from the lobby of Antiguo Hotel Europa on Monday Dec 10. The registration for workshops start 9:30AM on Tuesday Dec 11 in Trovas Tapas Bar. The Ruta bus returns back to Zona Colonial about 2-3pm on Tuesday Dec 19.

DR12 preliminary workshops, first 5 days and last 4 days

DR12 Workshop Outline

DR12 first 5 days
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  Last 4 days
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Day to Day Program Explained

Arrival, PreRegistration, Bonye@Ruins

DR12 is a great adventure right from the arrival. After the pre-registration we go to see you'll see the mighty Grupo Bonye @ Ruins with thousands of Dominicans having drinking and dancing.

Grupo Bonye @ Ruins

It's a steaming hot dance party. Maybe we will later on see some other club also. Arrival day isn't yet a festival day, but we are happy to welcome everyone with the most exotic ambient.

Catamaran Excursion to Saona Island

Catamaran Excursion to Saona Island has always been the best ever, life long tropical bachata paradise experience. We did it in DR2, DR3, DR4, DR6, DR8, DR10, DR11 and now we proudly do it in DR12. It's a must! Catamaran Excursion is all-inclusive dance excursion to Saona Island. The price includes lunch, drinks, charter bus, catamaran, Saona island, ocean pool, animation, fun activities and endless amount of dancing. The best of all is dancing, swimming and partying on catamaran, Saona and everywhere with dance crazy people. Carlito and Yocasti will take care of the best ever animations. Naturally you'll take hundreds of photos and videos. Look at the Catamaran page, trailer, Mueve la Colita, Catamaran Fun, Paradise Bachata Social, Yocasti Paradise Beach, photos, videos and book your trip to bachata paradise.

Catamaran Excursion


Registration 9:30AM, workshops 10AM-4PM. At night we meet 7PM at Hotel Europa to see some Zona Colonial clubs, e.g. in past years we have visited many times Club Merengue: DR6 party, Rodolfo&Yocasti Salsa, Vesa&Yocasti Bolero, Rodolfo&Yocasti Bachata, Vesa&Yocasti Merengue and Melanie concert.


Workshops 10AM-4PM. Departure 7PM to the remote Guerra village by bus in front of Hotel Europa 8PM. Estimated return 2-3AM. The transport is included. Dobletazo Bachatazo means 2 live bands: The super famous Felix Cumbe and the newcomer Julio Reyes (Doble de Anthony Santos). What a night!!! last year DR11 had the best ever concert night "tripletazo bachatazo" meaning 3 famous artists Zorro Negro, Jose Miguel and also Joan Soriano.

Colmadon & Car Wash


Workshops 10AM-4PM. First party 7PM at Colmadon.


The second party will in a Barrio Cabaret, departure at 9PM by bus in front of Hotel Europa. Estimated return time 1AM. We don't want any other groups, individuals or tourists to join us into this legendary place.



Workshops 10AM-4PM. The first party DINE&DANCE BOLERO&BACHATA @ GOURMET ANGELO 8pm-12am. The second party 1am-5am will be one of the TOP5 artists.

Dine&Dance Bolero&Bachata

DR11 had Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos and Joe Veras. DR9 had Anthony Santos and Raulin Rodriguez. Let's see who will be in DR12.

DR9 had Anthony Santos and Raulin Rodriguez