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About

In the heart of the Dominican Republic, we found not just a new home but a profound purpose. We are two souls who left our past lives behind to embrace the vibrant culture and warm-hearted people of this beautiful island. With backgrounds in salsa, Afro, fusion, Cuban rhythms, and Caribbean dances like soca and zouk, we discovered a deep love for authentic bachata here.

 

Our passion led us to create Leonas, a project dedicated to promoting and teaching traditional bachata. This dance is more than just steps and rhythms; it’s an expression of self, fostering confidence, grounding, and unity with nature and others.

 

A cornerstone of our journey is NinaFrika, who has been developing the traditional bachata scene in Cabarete on the north coast for over 14 years. Her tireless support through NinaFrika Dance School has created a thriving community where it previously did not exist, it is now recognized and well known in all Dominican Republic.

 

Through Leonas, we organize immersive cultural tours, bringing people from around the world to experience authentic bachata in various cities and villages. These tours celebrate culture, involving genuine dance, local cuisine, and natural wonders. With our deep connections in the Dominican Republic, we offer unparalleled expertise and introduce our guests to local teachers, dancers, and hidden natural gems.

 

Our vision extends beyond the dance floor, creating a loving and supportive community. We aim to share the joy, authenticity, and profound connection of traditional bachata, enriching lives one dance at a time.

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Mission

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