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Rueda workshops

Some Rueda workshops are marked I or II in the workshop schedule, for example ‘Rueda mixta I’ and ‘Rueda mixta II’.
I:  You don’t need to know the topic inadvance
II:  You need to know and be able to dance the topic before coming to class

Tip: useful explanations, illustrations and videos of Rueda structures in the Rueda workshops can be found at

Rueda de casino
Rueda figures selected by the instructor. See hand-out at the congress for which figures the instructor is planning to teach.
On level B and C some of the figures will be standard Rueda figures from (videos of the figures on the website).
On level E some of the workshops will focus on more complicated figures.

Rueda de la calle
Street Rueda, as opposed to dance school Rueda. Short fun figures to be used in a Rueda on the street or at a party, where the dancers might not even know the figures already.

Rueda con dos parejas
Rueda in small circles of only 2 couples in each. This is quite fun, and even “dame dos” is a whole new experience. Experience wityh this is also very useful to move on to structures like Rueda llanta and Rueda torno.

Rueda con Rumba/Afro-Cubano
Rueda using figures from traditional rumba and afro-cuban dances.
Cuban dancers often include figures and moves from rumba and afro-cuban dances in their salsa. This is a good way to learn a few of these moves, and they can also be useed in salsa.

Rueda con Colombia
Colombia is one of the 3 Rumba traditions (in addition to Guanguanco and Yambó).
This workshop will be using Colombia moves from the Sunday morning workshop, to help you learn the specific Colombia moves better.

Rueda caminando
Rueda using figures where the cirle is rotating constantly, with focus on good combinations to make the dance flow nicely.

Rueda en linea
Dancing rueda in a line instead of in a circle. See illustration and more description.

Rueda contratiempo
Rueda danced contratiempo (on 2, the timing used in Son). Related to the music, in stead of dancing on 1-2-3 and break on 4, you break on 1 and dance on 2-3-4.  Very useful to learn, and be aware, you might be looking for Son classes afterwards!

Rueda de Son
In this class we are dancing Son, not casino/salsa. In a Rueda.

Rueda de Cha cha cha
Dancing Rueda using Cha cha cha in stead of Casino, like in the very beginning of Rueda, in the 50s.

Rueda cruzada
This is a form of rueda with two different groups in the same circle, every second couple being in one group, and changing partner only within the group. The two groups dance on different beats, one starting on beat number 1, and the other one on 5. Fun and challenging! See video and illustration.

Rueda eco
Similar to Rueda cruzada, but with everyone dancing on the same beat.

Rueda contrario
A specific command, “contrario”, is used in the Rueda. It means opposite. Every second leader will change partner the regular way, and the others will change partner the opposite way. Chaos? Not if you follow the traffic rules! See illustration.

Rueda contrario mujeres
Rueda contrario where the followers are the ones changing partner – in opposite directions! Perfect for ladies experienced in Rueda de casino ready for a new challenge. First time taught at the Rueda congress!

Rueda llanta
In regular Rueda de casino couples dance in a circle. In Rueda llanta the rueda consists of small circles (ruedas) with two couples. There are two ways of switching partner – in the small circles or within the two bigger circles.
You should be familiar with Rueda con dos parejas and Rueda por fuera.
See video and illustration.

Rueda mixta
This structure mixes ideas from Rueda por fuera and Rueda cruzada. Every second couple is facing in , and the others are facing out . Like Rueda cruzada, it needs an even number of couples. See video and illustration.

Rueda torno
In this Rueda structure you  turn the orientation of the couples constantly, in halv turns (180 deg.) or quarter turns (90 deg.). Two new positions are introduced: foco and luminosoSee video and illustration.

Rueda caleidescopio
You get Rueda caleidescopio if you combine Rueda torno with Rueda llanta and Rueda mixta. This structure requires an even number of couples, and you need to be experienced in dancing various Rueda structures. See video and illustration.

Rueda switch
In Rueda switch you switch constantly between leading and following. This is a nice challenge, and it is nice to learn, to understand more of the other role than you usually dance. In addition it does not require an even balance between men and women to dance, because everyone switch roles.

Show Rueda
Learn what is important when performing a Rueda show from a Cuban instructor with plenty of experience with choreographing!

Rueda almacenada
… (coming up)


Other workshops (non-Rueda)

Cuban body moves
An important workshop for your individual development as a salsa and rueda dancer. You can never invest enough time working on your body control, timing and improvisation. Useful for all levels and suited for men and women.

Pasos libre / Footwork
This workshop is fun, playful and gives you a good challenge in timing and coordination.

The Cuban Rumba is based on African music and dance movements, and the dance has a stronger relation to the percussion and song than the popular Cuban
dances. Rumba moves are also frequently used in Rueda and Salsa.
This workshop will be focusing on Guanguancó.

Colombia is one of the 3 Rumba traditions (in addition to Guanguancó and Yambó).
This workshop will be using Colombia moves that ia also used in the Sunday ‘Rueda con Colombia’ workshop, to help you learn the specific Colombia moves better.

Afro fusion  

Técnica AfroCubano / Afro-Cuban technique



Bachata partnerwork, open level

Kizomba partnerwork, open level

Musicalidad / Musicality
An important lecture about understanding the music and how to respond to it in the dance. Crucial elements are pointed out, salsa secrets are revealed, and this will improve the way you dance.

Musicalidad practica / Practical musicality

Comprender musica Cubana / Understand Cuban music

Other scheduled activities 

Start the day with preparing your body for a day of workshops and dancing.

If you want to finish workshops a bit early Saturday, you will have a chance to give your body a nice tratment with a streching session.

Sunday will start with a 20 minute common warm-up, to prepare for a day full of dance.

Social dance / DJ
If you need a break from class, we provide a room for some social dancing at the end of the day. The DJ will make sure you have music to dance to.