DR12 Full 9 Days
DR12 Catamaran 1 day is the most beautiful and desirable dance experience in the whole world. DR12 Santo Domingo 4 days has 20 workshop hours, 12 Dominican instructors and every night barrio parties and concerts in different clubs. DR12 Ruta Bachata 4 days is a private bus to tour around the island to show the best bachata party places and to see the most famous bachata artists.
Focus and goal
We will teach you to dance like a Dominican and you will dance with Dominicans in their clubs around the island of DR. In order to be able to dance with Dominicans you need Authentic Bachata structure, common elements, stepping technics, musicality and cultural issues. Authentic Bachata is totally different than International Bachata, based on natural life long learning processes. It's certainly much more complicated, but feels so good with Dominicans.
Live Concerts and Special Parties
We have already published 6 live bands and we might end up in 8-9. In addition you'll get colmadon, car-wash, cabaret parties and a fancy done&dance party in the most prestige gourmet restaurant of Santo Domingo.
Totally different than all the other events in the world
DR12 does not have kizomba, international bachata or any other dance genres that dominicans don't listen&dance in their clubs. However Dominican Republic has the best Bachata music and dance. In addition you'll get the other Dominican music&dance genres like merengue, tipico, mambo, salsa, son and dembow. DR12 will not visit international resort hotels or the beaches meant just for tourists, because there is no Authentic Bachata. DR12 is committed to be 100% authentic dominican dance adventure made by Dominicans. While international participants of the other events dance just together in a resort hotel, we go every night to a different barrio club to dance with dominicans. While the congresses in the world tend to concentrate just on shows and randomly selected advanced footworking technics, we have highly advanced in-depth training of Authentic Bachata to make sure all the participants will learn to dance like a dominican. In addition to the excellent workshops, parties and concerts, DR12 is a Dance Adveture to see the cities, barrios, countryside, rivers, catamaran, colmadonm car-wash, cabaret and everything related on how Dominicans have Bachata Fun.
Where we meet, accommodate and get started ?
Festival dates are Dec 10-18, but your flight and accommodation should be Dec 9-19. The Pre-Registration is at the Hotel Palacio 6PM and at the Antiguo Hotel Europa 6:30PM on Sunday Dec 9. There after we continue to see the mighty Grupo Bonye concert @ Ruins. The Catamaran Excursion will start 6:50AM from the lobby of Hotel Palacio and 7:00AM from the lobby of Antiguo Hotel Europa on Monday Dec 10. The registration for workshops start 9:30AM on Tuesday Dec 11 in Trovas Tapas Bar. The Ruta bus returns back to Zona Colonial about 2-3pm on Tuesday Dec 19.
DR12 preliminary workshops, first 5 days and last 4 days
Day to Day Program Explained
DAY 0 SUNDAY:
Arrival, PreRegistration, Bonye@Ruins
DR12 is a great adventure right from the arrival. After the pre-registration we go to see you'll see the mighty Grupo Bonye @ Ruins with thousands of Dominicans having drinking and dancing.
It's a steaming hot dance party. Maybe we will later on see some other club also. Arrival day isn't yet a festival day, but we are happy to welcome everyone with the most exotic ambient.
DAY 1 MONDAY:
Catamaran Excursion to Saona Island
Catamaran Excursion to Saona Island has always been the best ever, life long tropical bachata paradise experience. We did it in DR2, DR3, DR4, DR6, DR8, DR10, DR11 and now we proudly do it in DR12. It's a must! Catamaran Excursion is all-inclusive dance excursion to Saona Island. The price includes lunch, drinks, charter bus, catamaran, Saona island, ocean pool, animation, fun activities and endless amount of dancing. The best of all is dancing, swimming and partying on catamaran, Saona and everywhere with dance crazy people. Carlito and Yocasti will take care of the best ever animations. Naturally you'll take hundreds of photos and videos. Look at the Catamaran page, trailer, Mueve la Colita, Catamaran Fun, Paradise Bachata Social, Yocasti Paradise Beach, photos, videos and book your trip to bachata paradise.
DAY 2 TUESDAY: SANTO DOMINGO
Registration 9:30AM, workshops 10AM-4PM. At night we meet 7PM at Hotel Europa to see some Zona Colonial clubs, e.g. in past years we have visited many times Club Merengue: DR6 party, Rodolfo&Yocasti Salsa, Vesa&Yocasti Bolero, Rodolfo&Yocasti Bachata, Vesa&Yocasti Merengue and Melanie concert.
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY: SANTO DOMINGO
Workshops 10AM-4PM. Departure 7PM to the remote Guerra village by bus in front of Hotel Europa 8PM. Estimated return 2-3AM. The transport is included. Dobletazo Bachatazo means 2 live bands: The super famous Felix Cumbe and the newcomer Julio Reyes (Doble de Anthony Santos). What a night!!! last year DR11 had the best ever concert night "tripletazo bachatazo" meaning 3 famous artists Zorro Negro, Jose Miguel and also Joan Soriano.
DAY 4 THURSDAY: SANTO DOMINGO
Workshops 10AM-4PM. First party 7PM at Colmadon.
The second party will in a Barrio Cabaret, departure at 9PM by bus in front of Hotel Europa. Estimated return time 1AM. We don't want any other groups, individuals or tourists to join us into this legendary place.
DAY 5 FRIDAY: SANTO DOMINGO
Workshops 10AM-4PM. The first party DINE&DANCE BOLERO&BACHATA @ GOURMET ANGELO 8pm-12am. The second party 1am-5am will be one of the TOP5 artists.
DR11 had Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos and Joe Veras. DR9 had Anthony Santos and Raulin Rodriguez. Let's see who will be in DR12.
DR12 Ruta Bachatera Dec 15-18 starts on Saturday 10:50AM from Hotel Palacio and 11AM from Hotel Europa and ends on Tuesday 2-3PM in Zona Colonial Santo Domingo. You have to check-out the Santo Domingo hotel on Saturday Dec 15. Make sure your flight back to home will be on Wednesday Dec 19 or on Tuesday Dec 20 later than 6PM.
We will have the private charyter bus the whole 4 days Dec 15-18.
DAY 6 Saturday: Santo Domingo -> Ruta
First we visit Los Tres Ojos in Santo Domingo.
Then we continue to Constanza. The hotel is phenomenal with excellent dinner.
First we will see a wild Colmadon and then we head for the TRIPLETAZO BACHATAZO to see 3 live bands: El Chaval, El Mello De La Bachata and Raphy Mi Corillo.
DAY 7 SUNDAY: RUTA
On Sunday we'll wake up late to spend the afternoon in Fula River Madness.
After the River experience we'll move to the Santiago hotel, excellent hotel in the middle of everything. Fefore the night activities we'll have an gourmet dinner in Noah.
On Sunday night we will do a Gran BachataTour Santiago to see the best dance restaurants like Monte Bar and Barajando. We still have a couple of options more to make the Gran BachaTour a perfection. Notice! These places will have live bands, which raises the total amount of DR12 live concerts from 6 to 8-9.
Gran BachataTour Santiago: Barajando
DAY 8 MONDAY: RUTA
On Monday you'll have chance to do the best ever shopping in Santiago de los Caballeros.
We'll see the Santiago monument
Fine dining in Cucaramacara
Ruta Bachatera will end with Tony Berroa concert @ Puente Bar, Santiago.
DAY 9 TUESDAY: RETURN FROM RUTA
Ruta Bachatera bus leaves 10:30AM from Santiago to Santo Domingo, arrival in Zona Colonial about 2-3PM. In case you need to return earlier, there are public busses going really early.