Bachata Footwork Timing Syncopation:

Bachata may be danced to any of the instruments or rhythms in the music. Depending upon the song, a variety of footwork syncopation pattern variations may be appropriate – and fun to play with. Below are some suggestions – to mix and match:

Foot/Timing:
& = “and” = syncopation between whole beats
() = tap/kick/dig (heal or toe)/no weight transfer
~ = slight pause or continuation of previous “slow” step
; = same pattern on other side (if choose to repeat)

Bachata Footwork Timing Syncopation (Part 1)

No syncopation:
1, 2, 3, 4; 5, 6, 7, 8 [Merengue/Marching]
1, 2, 3 ~; 5, 6, 7 ~
1, 2, 3, (4); 5, 6, 7, (8)
(1), (2), 3, (4); (5), (6), 7, (8)

    The Spider (with one foot only): (1), (2), (3), 4
    Half-Time: 1 ~ 3 ~ 5 ~ 7
    Beat/Timing/Foot Change:
    1, 2, 3, 4
    1 ~ 3

Syncopation Before 1 and Between Beats:
& 1, 2, 3, (4); & 5, 6, 7, (8)
& 1 & 2, 3, (4); & 5 & 6, 7, (8)
& 1 & 2 & 3, (4); & 5 & 6 & 7, (8)
& 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8
(&) 1, 2, 3 & 4; (&) 5, 6, 7 & 8
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, 6, 7, 8 & 1… [Cha Cha Rhythm]

    Beat/Timing/Foot Change:
    & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

Bachata Footwork Timing Syncopation (Part 2)

Syncopation between 1 & 2:
1 (&) 2 (&) 3 (&) 4; (&) 5 (&) 6 (&) 7 (&) 8
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7, (8)
1 & 2 & 3 & 4; 5 & 6 & 7 & 8
1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8
1 & 2, 3, 4; 5 & 6, 7, 8
1 (&) 2, 3, (4), (5), 6 & 7, (8)
1 & 2 & (3), 4, 5 & (6), 7, (8) [Quick Ball Change]

    Beat/Timing/Foot Change:
    1 & 2, 3, (4)

Syncopation Between 2 & 3:
1, 2 & 3, 4; 5, 6 & 7, 8
(1), 2 & 3, (4); (5), 6 & 7, (8)

    Beat/Timing/Foot Change:
    1, 2 & 3, (4)
    Bass Rhythm:
    1 ~ & 3, (4); 5 ~ & 7, (8)
    1 ~ & 3, 4 & 5 ~ & 7, 8 & 1 [Double Step Bass]

Syncopation Between 3 & 4:
1, 2, 3 & 4; 5, 6, 7 & 8
(1), (2), 3 & 4; (5), (6), 7 & 8 [Toe Heal Triple]
1, 2, 3 & 4 & (5), 6 & (7), 8 [The Ninja]

    Beat/Timing/Foot Change:
    1, 2, 3 & (4)

Syncopation Between 4 & 5, 8 & 1:
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, 6, 7, 8 & 1… [Cha Cha/Double Step Rhythm]
1, 2, 3, (4) (&); 5, 6, 7, (8) (&) [Heal-Toe Double Tap]
1, 2, 3, 4 & (5) & (6) & 7, 8;
1, 2, 3, 4 & (5), 6 & (7), 8; (1), 2, (3), 4 & 5, 6, 7, (8) [Criss Cross]
1 ~ & 3, 4 & 5 ~ & 7, 8 & 1 [Double Step Bass]
1 ~ 3, 4 & (5), 6 & 7, (8), (1 ~), 3, (4), 5 (&) 6 (&) 7 (&) 8 & 1…. [So Nasty]