Montreal, QC – February 5, 2020: On Saturday, February 1, 2020, the Dominican Republic welcomed more than 650 people to attend the first-ever Bachata Master Class in Montreal. The popular event attracted a crowd of families, couples and friends. Led by Dominican Maestro Pipo Alcala and dominican dancer Alondra Alcala along with local dance schools, guests learned and performed the dance sequence at the Complexe Desjardins.

“Bachata is one of the most fun and easy Latin dances to learn and it was amazing to see people of all dance levels taking part,” said Cosette Garcia, Director of the Montreal Tourism Promotion Office for the Dominican Republic. “Last December the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that the danceable music known as the “bachata” is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Bachata is the second Dominican musical genre to be listed. Merengue was first in 2016. The incredible turn out is testament to the power of dance and we hope, to continue this yearly,” emphasized Garcia.

In addition to the exciting live dance performances, two lucky winners received an all-inclusive trip for two to Puerto Plata, along with other surprises, guests got a taste of La Vega Carnival, one of the most popular carnival in the Caribbean, with many stopping to take photos of the colourful costumes and “Diablo Cojuelos” brought in from the region specifically for this event.

About the Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.

Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official web site at: or  call 1-888-494-5050 for more information.

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Ann Layton

Siren Communications

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