For the Love of Bachata Spring Festival 2018 & 5-Year Anniversary Party

Fri, May 04 2018, 10:00 PM - Sun, May 06 2018, 5:00 PM [EST]

318 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA, United States




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Sales at door = $15/workshop. Partial Approval -$15.00

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This is just a reminder that we are sold out and any sales at door will cost $15/workshop. Socials will cost $10 each, and if you want the Saturday workshop + social, that will cost $15.

1 Day Workshop Pass (socials not included) Partial Approval - $55.00

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This pass gets you a maximum of 4 workshops in a single day, used on EITHER Saturday or Sunday.

Lunch Add-On, 2 day combo (Optional) Partial Approval -$12.00

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Want us to provide you lunch? Buy this add-on and you'll get a ham or turkey sandwich plus an array of healthy and not-healthy snacks, including veggies, fruit, hummus, chips & salsa, and more. This add-on is good for Saturday and Sunday. Don't want this lunch? No worries! Don't add this to your order and just bring your own instead.

April/May Full Pass Partial Approval - $105.00

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This pass gets you both nights of parties and both days of workshops.

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Event Information

Fri, May 04 2018, 10:00 PM - Sun, May 06 2018, 5:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

The 5th Annual FTLOB Spring Festival is here! Adam Taub (Denver) and Daniela Grosso (NYC) will be coming together to provide you with a weekend full of transformative learning. Their collaboration for this weekend is chock full of great material, and their mastery in teaching speaks for itself.

The theme this time will be GROWTH! The artists and organizer have worked together to create a series that will reconnect you with Bachata and transform your dancing from the floor up. Ready to find out more? Read below…



Saturday & Sunday @ Art & Style Ballroom,
318 Butler St., Pittsburgh PA 15223


11:00am-12:00pm: Meet & Greet Bachata Foundations
“Meet” the foundations of Bachata dance steps, music, & partner work while connecting and engaging with your fellow workshop participants. If you’re already an intermediate dancer, warm up with these basics, clean up your technique, and settle back into the love of Bachata with which you are already acquainted. Don’t be fooled; all levels will benefit from this workshop.

12:15-1:15pm: Bachata Lead & Follow: Connecting from the core
In this class, we will learn to connect with our partners and initiate movement from the core while practicing Bachata rotations and transitioning between a variety of shapes found in the DR.

1:15-1:45pm:  Lunch
Bring your own or purchase the add-on for $6/day with your full pass.                                                            

1:45-2:45pm: Bachata Dance & Music: Culture, Meaning, & Styles
What is Bachata? What does it mean to you and to the Dominican Republic, its country of origin? Love or Heartbreak? Joy or the Blues? Explore these questions and many more in this multi-media lecture as Adam shares videos, photos, music & stories from over a decade researching Bachata in the DR. Be prepared to clutch your heart and feel something new as you attend this series.

3:00-4:00pm: Bachata Footwork in Social Dancing: Syncopation & Toe-Heel Step
We will learn a variety of footwork elements that utilize syncopations and toe heels, and then practice using them in a social dancing. We will also examine needed details for both lead and follows in the use of footwork. 

9pm-10pm: Sensual Bachata Workshop (Terri Atkinson, Atrevidos Dance Company)


11:00am-12:00pm: Hip and Body Movement for both Men & Women
Daniela breaks down body movement and hip motion for both men and women in Bachata dance. Not only is grounded body movement attractive for women, it is also very much so for men! (Rawr!) Get ready to stretch and work those fine muscles as you develop control in your hips, legs, and whole body.                              

12:00-1:00pm: Bachata Footwork in Social Dance: Slides and Drawing with the Feet
Learn a variety of exciting footwork that involves “drawing or sliding with the feet” and practice within a social dance situation.                               

1:00-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-2:30pm: Bachata Timing: Dancing on All Beats
Did you know that dancers in the DR may dance Bachata starting on the 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the music? This class will guide participants in being able to understand and dance on multiple beats as is common in the DR.

2:30-3:30pm: Bachata Lead & Follow: Swivel Step and Wind Shield Wiper
This is an essential lead and follow element from the DR and can be used to play, show off your partner, or to transition from open to closed or closed to open.                                                                     

3:30-4:00: Bachata Guided Social Dance Practice

Bringing it back to what its all about, connecting with your partner, the music, and your enjoyment of dance. Adam and Dani will guide you through various aspects of Bachata as you dance and connect with your fellow dancers. This is your chance to make everything you learned over the course of the weekend come together and “click.”


Friday Kick-Off @ Art & Style Ballroom
DJ Tay
$10 cover (included for full pass holders)
18 & up
Available for sale: water & gatorade only
BYOB responsibly

Saturday Party @ Art & Style Ballroom
DJ Tay
9pm workshop by Terri Atkinson/Los Atrevidos Dance Company
10pm-3am social dancing, performances by Los Atrevidos & more, general merriment
$10 cover (included for full-pass holders)
18 & up
Available for sale: water & gatorade only
BYOB responsibly



The festival includes a 30-minute lunch break each day of the festival. Lunch is an optional add-on with your pass and costs $12 for both days. You will be given a lunch ticket for each day at registration, which you can use to get your lunch.
Food options will include turkey & cheese or ham & cheese croissant sandwiches, fruit & nut bars, carrots & hummus, fruits, and other snacks. 


Feel free to bring your own lunch instead! There is no obligation to participate. This is just a convenience to make your weekend run a little smoother.  




A good quality hotel is the Comfort Inn on Gamma Drive. It is close, while still avoiding potential city traffic. The price is always reasonable and the rooms are clean. –>

Neighborhoods to check out for AirBnB:
Etna, Aspinwall, Lawrenceville, Morningside, Bloomfield, Shaler, Northside, Millvale



Our code of conduct applies at all For the Love of Bachata events. If you feel you cannot comply, please do not attend. If your conduct violates the code and your presence or behaviors are adversely affecting the event, you will be removed and you will receive either a full or partial refund depending on the situation. 
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About the Organizer

For the Love of Bachata is an event company that promotes the love of bachata all over the world and hosts events with workshops by international talent in the Pittsburgh area.


Event Speakers

Adam Taub

Bachata Instructor

Adam Taub teaches bachata dance, lectures on bachata, and produces video/educational content on Dominican music and culture. Past FTLOB attendees have loved his unique content and excellent teaching when he taught here in 2015 and 2016.
Daniela Grosso

Bachata Instructor

Daniela is a certified dance teacher with an extensive background in dance. Lyrical dancing is her specialty, but she fell in love with Bachata years ago and has traveled the world to teach it. This will be her 4th time teaching at FTLOB, and our people simply love her.