Bachata and merengue are distinctly Dominican dances. They both originated in the Dominican Republic (DR) decades ago, set to up-tempo music that matches the pace of the steps. So it’s fitting that these styles of dance would be the main focus at the DR Takeover Weekend in Cambridge this August.
From Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th, local dance instructors Jenna and Luis of J&L Dance Studio are hosting internationally renowned dancers from the Dominican Republic. They’ll serve as visiting teachers at a series of workshops throughout the weekend, hosted at local venues including Dante Alighieri, Rumba y Timbal Studio, and Havana Club. Sign up for any of the workshops to work on your fancy footwork before dancing the night away at a social event helmed by big-name DJs. On Friday night, the social dancing will commence with a mix of salsa and bachata led by DJ Condori and DJ Lui-G at Dante Alighieri. Then on Saturday night at 8 p.m., Rumba y Timbal Studio will invite students to show off their skills with DJ El Matatan from New York spinning the beats. Registration fees start at $15.