Carlos Cinta, bachata instructor known all over the world, crossed our paths in Helsinki, Finland, and we are glad it happened. We had the chance to attend one of his musicality classes and chat and dance quite a lot with him. His entertaining didactic methods, his humbleness, his contagious passion and dedication, really strike us. Every one has different teaching methods, every one has different styles of instruction, different specialities, but Carlos Cinta really knows what he is talking and has done quite a lot of homework to get where he is, and that is really nice to see.
Carlos Cinta was worn in San Francisco (and grew up in Chicago) to a Mexican mother and an African (Gana) father, so he can’t deny his AfroLatin roots, and although he claims, sports is his big thing, we are sure all these roots where boiling in his veins, claiming to get out! 🙂 and it did.
He started dancing, because of a woman….strange…that never happens, right?…. 🙂 and started with Salsa, but then switched to Bachata, and really became an expert in it. He was attracted by the passion, closeness and intimacy of this dance. When he moved to San Diego, he had the chance to be around many latinos: dominicans, puertorricans and venezuelans, that allowed him to understand more of the latino culture.
He started teaching by accident, as he says, when he was approached to help a female instructor. This woman, wanted to start teaching Bachata to raise awareness of this dance in a time where only Salsa, was mainly heard at the clubs. This happened, around 2005, whereas now, we even have congresses only with Bachata. It is amazing to see how some changes can shift a dance so much so, that we forget that there was a time where Bachata wasn’t even heard of in the clubs in many countries (excluding the Domican Republic) . For those that have been teaching this dance for over 15 years, like us, it is very interesting to watch this evolution and change. Check the article we wrote about Bachata Styles and listen to Carlos Cinta talking about styles also.
He has travelled the world sharing his knowledge of Bachata and teaching a great class on Musicality. A true musicality class, where he breaks down the different parts and sounds in a Bachata song.
Listen to this interview in whole, you will really enjoy it.
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The sound in this interview is not good at all, due to some technical problems. Our apologies, but the interview is really worth listening to it, so don’t miss this video!
Listen to a Bachata song today!