Cassandra has dedicated her entire life to her art and began her journey in Ballet at the age of 2 she started dancing professionally at the age of only 13 and began her journey in Latin dance more than 20 years ago. Once she discovered Bachata it became one of her passions. Her instruction style, knowledge and professional reputation most definitely speak for itself.
Cassandra was invited to teach Bachata in the very home of Bachata which was an honor that will never be matched nor forgotten. She has taught at festivals and congresses Internationally and is one of the few instructors that has trained with Dominican instructors in the Dominican Republic, studied the intricacies of the dance and the music as well as the various styles. She has lived in the Dominican Republic where she and her husband Pedro, who teaches by her side and handles the business side of things, had a school in Bavaro, Dominican Republic. During her time there, she was immersed in training so that she could bring that training back to her students who are now dancing not only the more commercialized style of Bachata known as Modern, Urban and Sensual Bachata, but also Authentic Dominican Bachata.
Pedro, having grown up in dancing family learned the same way that Rodolfo did, by watching and learning with family, friends and neighbors. They have a school now in Florida and are honored to offer this fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the culture of this and other beautiful Dominican dances!
This dynamic couple will also be teaching various workshops during this amazing dance immersion vacation and they can't wait to share their knowledge and passion for these dances with all of you in the home of Bachata, Merengue and Tipico!
Historic Christoper Columbus colony fort ruins -
downtown Santo Domingo
Wherever you will be coming from, you will want to fly into the Las Americas airport in Santo Domingo. The airport code is SDQ.
We recommend changing your money to Dominican Pesos HERE in the USA NOT in the airport or hotel as the exchange rates are much much higher there!
Passport / Visa Requirements
You will need your passport but you do NOT need a Visa! Please go to....
....to print your tourist card. This can also be purchased at the airport upon getting off of your plane and before getting to customs / immigration but purchasing it here online will save you a great deal of time waiting in line to purchase the card. Keep this tourist card in your passport.
Make a copy of your passport and tourist card and keep it your person at all times. We do NOT recommend bringing your passport with you when we go out and about but have a photo copy available ad your passport safe and locked up in your room.
Money Exchange and will you need cash?
American Dollars ARE accepted in the Dominican Republic however for larger purchases you may want to exchange your money to Dominican Pesos.
When we go out dancing you can use American Dollars but use smaller bills and keep them INSIDE your clothing separated so you are not pulling out a large amount of money in public.
Many businesses do NOT accept bank or credit cards!
You will also want to contact your bank and credit card company before we go to let them know that you will be in Santo Domingo so that your card does not get blocked when you use it in a foreign country. You do NOT want to deal with that from a foreign country!
While you can change your dollars to Dominican Pesos at the airport, the hotel and other locations there, we recommend exchanging your money here in the US as the fees are much higher to exchange your money there. Most banks can exchange your money for you here with a few days notice to order Dominican Pesos.
You can check the exchange rate here before you go to get your Pesos ordered so you have an idea of what the rate will be.
**4 Days of workshops
Bachata Autentico (Authentic Bachata - meaning how they dance Bachata in the Dominican Republic)
Merengue & Tipico
**Afternoon sightseeing, shopping, dancing Bachata and Merengue on the beach in the beautiful Boca Chica, dancing in the local 'colmados' while sipping on a presidente (locally brewed beer) or a Brugal (locally made Rum)
**Nightly dancing in Santo Domingo's local clubs to 'Bachata en vivo' or 'Merengue en vivo' (live Bachata or Merengue music)!!
**Memories of a lifetime created in 4 days with
Academia de Baila con Pasión
"Since 1930, has been operated as a traditional hotel, characterized by its exquisite detail and design of their iron balconies. The building retains the original architecture, including its story as a legacy of colonial architecture. Hotel offers 50 rooms combines it’s romantic past with modern day conveniences."
Train with some of the best in Bachata!
Airfare, Hotel, Transportation to and from the airport (Airport transportation is offered for $30 per person each way if you are alone, $25 per person if 1 or more person is going to or from the airport),
Drinks and Meals
Boutique Hotel Palacio
Located in the heart of the Zona Colonial and just a hop skip and a jump from our other recommended hotel this beautiful hotel was once one of the homes of the Dominican president in the 1850's and 1860's. Situated right in the center of all of the hustle and bustle of the historic attractions, you will be right in the middle of the first city ever built in the New World.
Maestro Rodolfo Montaño Castro showed great love and interest in his culture, specifically the music and dance, from early childhood. At a very young age he began his journey in studying everything from the Authentic music to the authentic dances of his beautiful Dominican Republic. He learned all of the authentic dances of his country by watching his relatives, neighbors, and friends at fiestas and studied the intricate details of the natural, authentic way of dancing to Dominican music. With a lifetime of studying, observing and training he is not only an excellent dancer but a master of the musical genres of his country as well.
He will be leading us through workshops in the various dances of the Dominican Republic to include:
~ Merengue ~Tipico ~ Bachata ~ Bolero ~ Son
Maestro Rodolfo Montaño Castro has taught at the largest festivals in the Dominican Republic as well as all over Europe and he is an expert in his craft. He has dedicated his life to his art and it shows in his dancing and in his knowledge of these beautiful dances!
We are absolutely thrilled to have him as a part of our BachaTour Team and we so look forward to training with him!
WHEN: Thursday October 26th through Sunday October 29th 2017
**Please note date change**
Modern / Urban Bachata
**2 hours of daily workshops
**Transportation to and from hotels to workshop, afternoon and
evening event and concert locations
**Afternoon events to include a beach trip to Boca Chica,
local shopping, sightseeing, dancing in the local colmados (little convenience stores that are fully equipped with the locally brewed and world famous Presidente beer or Brugal, the locally made Rum and hefty sound systems waiting to share with you the rhythms of Bachata, Merengue and Tipico as you make 'a run to the store'.
Your visit will quickly become much more than a simple
'run to the store' as you dance with locals enjoying their game of Dominoes and their Presidente!
**Evening outing and club entry to test out your skills and
dance in some of the world famous Dominican clubs in
Santo Domingo with the locals!
We are going on an adventure!!
By registering for our Academia de Baila con Pasión BachaTour, you agree that Academia de Baila con Pasión and it's organizers and staff are solely responsible for the workshops, the afternoon events and our evening outings to dance in local Dominican clubs. We are not responsible for any incidents that could occur, for flights or for hotel accommodations or meals and drinks. We reserve the right to make changes to the schedule and no refunds will be issued for any reason. There is a 2.9% convenience fee added to cover pay pal fees at checkout.
Maestro Dominicano Rodolfo Montaño Castro
Are you dreaming of dancing Bachata on the beach? Then start packing!
Our Very Own Directors!
Cassandra and Pedro Mercedes
Dancing in the colmado!
4 Day Academia de Baila con Pasión BachaTour
is $300 per person (US dollars) if paid before August 1st 2017
There is a $25 surcharge if paid after September 15th
There is a $50 surcharge if paid after October 15th
Event cost if paid at the door is $375 per person
Checks and cash are also accepted.
Latin Dance Company
Airfare and Hotel accommodations
It is highly recommended that you book your airfare and hotel accommodations together as a package. Utilizing sites like Orbitz, Hotwire, Travelocity are excellent for booking travel packages and both of our recommended hotels are included on all of these travel sites. You will save a lot of money by booking your accommodations and travel together.
What is NOT included in the price of our Santo Domingo BachaTour?
Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
Academia de Baila con Pasión is offering a 4 day
dance and cultural immersion vacation!
More information and travel tips coming soon...
WHERE: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Academia de Baila con Pasión is going to the
Who wants to go dance in the very home of BACHATA?
We are requesting that you please stay in 1 of these 2 recommended hotels so that we are all in the same area of the Zona Colonial. One offers a simple more quaint stay and the other offers a few more amenities; both are nice hotels. Transportation to and from workshops and other events will only be offered from these hotels.
What is included in the price of our Santo Domingo BachaTour?
Antiguo Hotel Europa