Spanish Verb Bailar Conjugation

Bailar Conjugation, Usage, and Examples

Dancing the tango / bailando tango
Ellos bailan tango en Buenos Aires (They dance the tango in Buenos Aires).

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Bailar is the Spanish verb for "to dance" and nearly always has the same meaning as the English verb. Occasionally, it also refers to an object that is moving, or seems to be moving, unsteadily. In this page you'll find the conjugation for bailar in the simple indicative tenses (present, imperfect, preterite, future, and conditional), the simple subjunctive tenses (present, preterite, and imperfect), the periphrastic future, and the direct commands (also known as the imperative mood).

Also listed are the past participle and gerund, which are used for the compound tenses.

Bailar is regularly conjugated in the same way as other -ar verbs, so it can be used as a model for dozens of other such verbs.

Present Indicative Tense of Bailar

The present indicative tense is the most common tense and the one that is most often taught first to Spanish students. It is used for actions that are occurring presently.

YobailoI danceYo bailo como un pato.
bailasYou danceTú bailas conmigo.
Usted/él/ellabailaYou/he/she dancesÉl baila solo.
NosotrosbailamosWe danceNosotros bailamos tango en Buenos Aires.
VosotrosbailáisYou danceVosotros bailáis con gracia.
Ustedes/ellos/ellasbailanYou/they danceEllas bailan en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Bailar Preterite

The preterite tense of Spanish is very similar to the simple past tense of regular verbs in English (the form that ends in "-ed"). It is used for actions that were completed at a specific time.

YobailéI dancedYo bailé como un pato.
bailasteYou dancedTú bailaste conmigo.
Usted/él/ellabailóYou/he/she dancedÉl bailó solo.
NosotrosbailamosWe dancedNosotros bailamos tango en Buenos Aires.
VosotrosbailasteisYou dancedVosotros bailasteis con gracia.
Ustedes/ellos/ellasbailaronYou/they dancedEllas bailaron en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Imperfect Indicative Form of Bailar

YobailabaI was dancing.Yo bailaba como un pato.
bailabasYou were dancingTú bailabas conmigo.
Usted/él/ellabailabaYou/he/she was dancingÉl bailaba solo.
NosotrosbailábamosWe were dancingNosotros bailábamos tango en Buenos Aires.
VosotrosbailabaisYou were dancingVosotros bailabais con gracia.
Ustedes/ellos/ellasbailabanYou/they wereEllas bailaban en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Bailar Future Tense

The future tense is the equivalent of "will + verb" forms in English. In casual speech, it is often replaced by the periphrastic future.

YobailaréI will danceYo bailaré como un pato.
bailarásYou will danceTú bailarás conmigo.
Usted/él/ellabailaráYou/he/she will danceÉl bailará solo.
NosotrosbailaremosWe will danceNosotros bailaremos tango en Buenos Aires.
VosotrosbailaréisYou will danceVosotros bailaréis con gracia.
Ustedes/ellos/ellasbailaránYou/they will danceEllas bailarán en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Periphrastic Future of Bailar

Yovoy a bailarI am going to danceYo voy a bailar como un pato.
vas a bailarYou are going to danceTú vas a bailar conmigo.
Usted/él/ellava a bailarYou/he/she is going to danceÉl va a bailar solo.
Nosotrosvamos a bailarWe are going to danceNosotros vamos a bailar tango en Buenos Aires.
Vosotrosvais a bailarYou are going to danceVosotros vais a bailar con gracia.
Ustedes/ellos/ellasvan a bailarYou/they are going to danceEllas van a bailar en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Present Progressive/Gerund Form of Bailar

The gerund is often equivalent to the "-ing" verb forms of English. Unlike the English gerund, however, in Spanish it does not function as a noun or adjective.

Gerund of BailarbailandoIs dancingÉl está bailando solo.

Past Participle of Bailar

The past participle is used with the verb haber to form the perfect tenses.

Participle of BailarbailadoHas dancedÉl ha bailado solo.

Conditional Form of Bailar

The conditional tense is sometimes known as hypothetical future. It is used for events that could occur if a condition is met.

YobailaríaI would danceYo bailaría como un pato si llevara zapatos viejos.
bailaríasYou would danceTú bailarías conmigo si hubiera música.
Usted/él/ellabailaríaYou/he/she would danceÉl bailaría solo si no tuviera amigas.
NosotrosbailaríamosWe would danceNosotros bailaríamos en Buenos Aires si tuviéramos dinero.
VosotrosbailaríaisYou would danceVosotros bailarías con gracia si no estuvierais enfermos.
Ustedes/ellos/ellasbailaríanYou/they would danceEllas bailarían en un espectáculo de Broadway si vivieran en Nueva York.

Present Subjunctive of Bailar

Que yobaileThat I danceAntonio prefiere que yo baile como un pato.
Que túbailesThat you danceKatrina quiere que tú bailes conmigo.
Que usted/él/ellabaileThat you/he/she danceVictoria quiere que él baile solo.
Que nosotrosbailemosThat we danceEs importante que nosotros bailemos en Buenos Aires.
Que vosotrosbailéisThat you danceEs inspirador que vosotros bailéis con gracia.
Que ustedes/ellos/ellasbailenThat you/they danceJuan espera que ellas bailen en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Imperfect Subjunctive Forms of Bailar

There is little difference in usage between the two forms of the imperfect subjuntive. The first option is more common in most areas.

Option 1

Que yobailaraThat I dancedAntonio prefería que yo bailara como un pato.
Que túbailarasThat you dancedKatrina quería que tú bailaras conmigo.
Que usted/él/ellabailaraThat you/he/she dancedVictoria quería que él bailara solo.
Que nosotrosbailáramosThat we dancedEra importante que bailáramos en Buenos Aires.
Que vosotrosbailaraisThat you dancedEra inspirador que vosotros bailarais con gracia.
Que ustedes/ellos/ellasbailaranThat you/they dancedJuan esperaba que ellas bailaran en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Option 2

Que yobailaseThat I dancedAntonio prefería que yo bailase como un pato.
Que túbailasesThat you dancedKatrina quería que tú bailases conmigo.
Que usted/él/ellabailaseThat you/he/she dancedVictoria quería que él bailase solo.
Que nosotrosbailásemosThat we dancedEra importante que nosotros bailásemos en Buenos Aires.
Que vosotrosbailaseisThat you dancedEra inspirador que vosotros bailaseis con gracia.
Que ustedes/ellos/ellasbailasenThat you/they dancedJuan esperaba que ellas bailasen en un espectáculo de Broadway.

Imperative Forms of Bailar

The imperative mood is used for direct commands. Conjugation varies slightly for positive and negative statements.

Imperative (Positive Command)

bailaDance!¡Baila conmigo!
UstedbaileDance!¡Baile solo!
NosotrosbailemosLet's dance!¡Bailemos en Buenos Aires!
VosotrosbailadDance!¡Bailad con gracia!
UstedesbailenDance!¡Bailen en un espectáculo de Broadway!

Imperative (Negative Command)

no bailesDon't dance!¡No bailes conmigo!
Ustedno baileDon't dance!¡No bailes solo!
Nosotrosno bailemosLet's not dance!¡No bailemos en Buenos Aires!
Vosotrosno bailéisDon't dance!¡No bailéis con gracia!
Ustedesno bailen

Don't dance!

¡No bailen en un espectáculo de Broadway!