Salsa vs. Bachata

Salsa is a popular form of social dance originating from Eastern Cuba, Spanish (European) and African cultures. Salsa means “sauce” in Spanish which represents a lot of Latin influences and jazz elements. There are a lot of different salsa styles, from Cuba, Colombia, Miami, Casino Rueda, Los Angeles, New York, Puerto Rico. As for bachata, there is bachata tango, Modern, Ballroom, original Dominican. Salsa bachata is a mixture of both dance artistries.


Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and is danced all over the world. Bachata is known as being sensual by its slower pace movements which reflects an intimate feeling. Salsa is usually pretty fast and more liberal compared to bachata.