By: Savanna Christman
In the dance world, bachata has taken off. Professional bachatero Lee El Gringuito says attendance at his D.C-based Bachata Congress has gone from hundreds in 2009 to 5,000 last August. The dance has been modernized and fused with other styles to form variations such as the bachatango and bachazouk. Dancing bachata is much different from the grinding dances of reggaeton or hip-hop. It's an intimate, slow chest-to-chest dance.