Bachata Vida

Summer Festival 2024

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Four Days, over 30 Hours of Bachata & Salsa Dancing! 

The only "pop-up" Latin Dance Festival in the US! No matter if you are a beginner or advanced dancer we have something for YOU! Dance classes for every level including a beginners package, dance parties, concert, and more are all waiting for you... at the beach!

World-class instructors, dedicated Beginners program, performances, Live Band, local and out of town dancers, amazing Guest DJ's, contests, surprises, Hampton Roads first and only locally sponsored Latin Dancing extravaganza!



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Pre-party at Virginia Beach Winery located at 1064 Lynnhaven Pkwy #110, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

8pm to 12am

Dance Lesson 8pm to 9pm then party to 12am or later

This night is included in the Full Pass or $15 at the door.

Food Truck: TBA

No outside food or drinks allowed.

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We kick things off with two special classes 

7:30pm -

8:30pm - 

These 2 classes are $20 each. Not included in the Full Pass and spots are limited so book while they last!

Then, it's the Official Welcome/Meet and Greet for our visitors and instructors.

Location TBA

10pm to 2am
Night party is included in the Full Pass or pay $25 at the door.
*** NO outside food or drink this night! ***
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DAY:  6 hours of Salsa & Bachata workshops to include a deep dive into musicality and body movement, turn patterns, footwork and more from world class instructors!

*** Full Pass is for Intermediate/Advanced Dancers ***

Don't know how to dance or just started? Don't worry, we got you. Register for our all day Beginner's Festival pass! 9:00am to 4:30pm. There is something for everyone! All workshops and party are at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on this day.

Location: 1000 19th St. Virginia Beach.

*** Note: No outside food or drink is allowed inside of the Convention Center but there are places nearby for lunch and dinner. ***
After the workshops is a dinner break then comes the main dance party with performances a Live Concert by 2x Latin Grammy Nominee, Ronny Mercedes performing Salsa, Bachata and more! Plus, a cash bar available.
Workshops from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Dance party that night . Doors open at 7:30pm and party goes until 2am! To include performances, concert and more!
Workshops and Night party is included in the Full Pass.
Otherwise purchase night party pass to attend the concert.
*** Dress to Impress Only! *** 
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Are you team no sleep? Then join us for a Sunrise Social 5am to 7am on the beach! We know the night party just ended but go change your clothes and meet us TBA
Watch the sunrise over the Atlantic while dancing with all of your new friends. Afterwards, TBA
Location: TBA
Time: 11am to 4pm - TBA
**Rain Location: TBA
** Included in the Full Pass or $20 at the door.
Theme: BEACH attire!


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You can order and receive your event T-shirt before it starts! Bring it with you and wear to the workshops or the pool party. Plenty of options/colors to choose from so order yours today!

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Saturday is the Highlight of our Summer Festival!

Quality workshops during the day, party all night! Performances, Bachata Concert with 2x Latin Grammy Nominee, Ronny Mercedes! Backdrop photos, Mirror Photo booth, amazing DJ's, cash bar, giveaways and more! Check out the Saturday schedule.

Saturday Workshop Schedule!

Esme Bio

 Bachata singer-songwriter Esme (Elmer Abreu Suriel) fuses the music of his Dominican land with the colors of New York to create his own sound. Originally from Constanza, Dominican Republic, ESME immigrated to Queens, New York at age 8. The multicultural atmosphere of his new home influenced ESME's musical tastes and production. Spanish-language artists such as Julio Iglesias, Ricardo Arjona, Juan Gabriel, and American pop stars Bruno Mars and The Weekend shaped ESME's own music. He brings these influences to his first bachata album. ESME's unique sound along with his edgier lyrics, mark a new direction for modern bachata. 

ESME is a multi-talented artist who knows the value of hard work. When he was young, he worked in places as varied as a laundromat, pizzeria, and shoe store to help his single mother care for him and his siblings, and pay for study time. At the same time, Esme took every opportunity to learn about the music industry. This helped him stay independent and tour around the world, With over 60 concerts in 2019. 

ESME, who has been writing songs since the fifth grade, brings this same energy and work ethic to his music career. In 2021, Esme started his own record label, Los Elegido Music, inc. which he is planning to use to help develop the new generation of bachata. The first album to be released by his record label will be called, Sangre Nueva, in which he intends to do the impossible, uniting 16 Bachata artists in one  album.

Esme’s momentum has already led him to a strong social media presence. He has a stream count of more than 11 million on Spotify and more than 25 million views on YouTube.

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Hotel Accomodations: Vacation or Staycation!

There are many hotels in the area to stay and please feel free to do so, however this is the closet one and within walking distance, plus we have an absolute AMAZING rate just blocks from the beach! The DoubleTree Hotel is right next to the event site. $199 per night (grab some friends and split the cost)

We have a limited room block with them until July 1, 2024 so please use the link to book your rooms.


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