Bachata is a dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean islands. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban Bolero, Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia and is now danced all over the world. Several slightly different styles have emerged but, unlike salsa, they all share the same basic step.

There are at least seven styles of bachata depending on where one is dancing and the music they are dancing to. Traditional bachata is common in the United States. It is done in a very close position, uses some turns, has a slight hip lift on count 4, and includes dips.