Our BACHATA ESSENTIALS programs takes students from total newbies to seasoned social dancers with a proven system that covers all of the bases an aspiring Bachata dancer needs to know!

Join us on Monday, May 8th at 8:30 p.m. for our next session!


Bachata Sensual Foundations


Students learn to develop their timing and technique and begin the process of developing their personal style. Special attention is paid to the building blocks of Bachata so that beginning dancers develop a strong foundation.

Bachata Sensual Body Movement

Body Movement

Learn to develop and understand of your body’s mechanics so that you can execute movements with natural rhythm and expression. Body movement is a crucial foundation students require in order to not only complete a step, but to truly dance while doing a step.

Bachata Sensual Partnerwork


Bachata partner dancing is unique is it’s expression. Competent dancers learn to connect to the rhythm of the music and the connection of their partner. Learn how to express as well as connect to the music and your dance partner.

How Bachata Essentials Works

BACHATA ESSENTAILS is our first step for students who are looking to find their footing in Bachata.

We offer three versions of Bachata essentials for newcomers. You should take one, if not all three, of these before moving on to more complex moves. We’ve broken down the fundamental techniques you need to master into a manageable set of exercises – so that you can find what ‘s right for you from the off.

You can join at ANY time! Classes will alternate month to month so it doesn’t matter when you start.
Each class will review foundational step before we move into the focus of the particular session. 

Bachata Essentials – 1 A

Basic footwork vocabulary and an emphasis on  parterwork turn patterns.

Bachata Essentials – 1 B

Basic footwork vocabulary and partnerwork hand tosses and connection variations.

Bachata Essentials – 1 C

Basic footwork vocabulary with a focus on  styling with body movement.

Meet Your Instructors

Samantha Guerrero

In 2001 Sam joined the Local Motions Performing Arts organization as a ballet dancer and soon branched into many different genres, finding a love for Latin dance.

She started her journey learning Salsa On1 and Bachata in 2011 and recently competed at the 2020 World Salsa Summit taking second place. She has a passion for teaching and she is dedicated to growing the Chicago dance scene.

Robinson Santos

Robinson started his dance journey early in his childhood as he trained in Mexican Folkloric dance. As an adult, Robinson has been actively involved in the Chicago Latin dance community for for the past eight years in a variety on roles.

He has been on stage and performed with such teams as Chicago Touch, Salsa Touch, Nueva Ola semi pro, Shines Touch, Bachata Allstars, Cumbia Allstars, La Fuerza Advanced and La Fuerza Chicago Kingsmen. Robinson is a former director of Sensual Touch Chicago sharing his gift and knowledge of dance with others.

Our students have been showing love for our studio and what we’re teaching!

We love our students and their 5-Star reviews on Google show us that they love us too!

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The teachers at Mayambo are so patient. I’m not the quickest learner or the best dancer, but they’re very attuned to the strengths and weaknesses of their students…they doesn’t rush the students. Because of that, my skills have improved…every class is energy-filled and fun!


Nancy L.

Current Student
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If your goal is to improve your balance, leading/following skills, or your dancing in general, Mayambo can be an amazing guide and companion on this journey, with an incredible eye and talent for identifying small or big things to improve, which in turn will reflect in your dancing, transforming it into a more enjoyable dancing experience both to you and the partners you dance with.


Marius G.

Former Student
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For me, working with Mayambo is a genuine exchange of the joy of dance. They focuses on getting you seriously prepared for your dance journey, always pushing you to reach for your full potential…You to never take yourself too seriously, and most importantly, they make the whole learning process fun! It’s a pleasure to learn from Mayambo ❤️


Michelle Z.

Former Student

How our Bachata Essentials class is different than the rest


2 Teachers

At Mayambo, we feel it’s best to learn from both a professional lead and follow who share tips, tricks and techniques from both sides of the dance to help accelerate your learning potential.

Equal Attention To Leads And Follows

We spend ample time making sure both leads and follows understand their specific techniques to ensure they have success at the studio and on the social dance floor.

Bachata Sensual 360

Students will experience all of the important elements of Sensual Bachata. Expect to understand more about how to make the fluid and musical movements you see the pros do.

Bachata Sensual Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

Bachata Sensual FAQs
Do I Need A Partner?

No! You’re welcome to come to class and enjoy meeting new friends and dance partners at our studio. We do our best to make sure numbers are even and that you spend most of your time dancing and having fun!

What Kind Of Shoes Do I Wear

As long as you are comfortable and are wearing shoes that do not have a sticky bottom, you should be fine. We always recommend dance shoes, but street shoes with some give and appropriate as well.

What If I Miss A Class?

As a boutique studio, we offer a smaller amount of specialized classes. As such, we don’t have options to do a make up at the beginner level. We ask our students to plan ahead to make sure they can attend each class in the 4 week session. We do offer a credit for ONE CLASS if you happen to miss and we apply that to your next session by way of a custom coupon on your purchase.

What Covid-19 Protocols Are In Place?

As announced in mid February, the City of Chicago will no longer require patrons to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination starting on February 28th. We respect everyone’s right to a comfortable and safe environment and support everyone’s individual decision on masking. We want to thank our students for their understanding and patience as we follow the city’s guidelines and stay in compliance with city ordinances.

As always, there will be plenty of hand sanitizer on hand for student use.  We look forward to serving you in a safe and welcoming environment.

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