Workshop descriptions

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Workshop descriptions 2018-08-10T18:55:49+00:00

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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 in advance
II:  You DO 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)
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 técnica
More focus on the dance technique in Rueda de Casino than learning more figures.

Rueda con estilo
More focus on the attitude and how the Rueda looks than learning more figures.

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 with 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 en linea
Dancing rueda in a line instead of in a circle. Illustration and more description.

Rueda contratiempo
Rueda danced contratiempo (on 2, the timing used in Son). Related to the music, instead 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! Video and illustration.

Rueda eco (NEW!)
Similar to Rueda cruzada, but with everyone dancing on the same beat.

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

Rueda avenida (NEW!)
A structure especially for four couples. You have two systems for partner changes: 1) two small 2-couple ruedas (pequeña), and 2) one square (grande).
It is recommended to know the figure ‘saloneo‘ (from the Rueda caminando class, level C) and Rueda llanta.

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! Illustration and video.

Rueda mujeres contrario (NEW!)
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! More detailed description.

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 fueraVideo 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. 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 luminosoVideo and illustration.

Rueda caleidescópio
A combination of the rueda strucutres Rueda tornoRueda llanta and Rueda mixta. This requires an even number of couples, and you need to be experienced in dancing various rueda structures. 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.
Switch I workshop: Basic figures with the other role
Switch II workshop: Various switch commands
Illustration and more explanation.

Rueda cantante
A class where you will learn how to be the caller in a rueda and call with musicality. You will also learn how to project your voice, and some of the most common hand signs to use when the rueda is big or with loud music.

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

Rueda con musicalidad
Focus on responding to the music being played.

Rueda con bailes populares
Using Cuban popular dances in Rueda de Casino, like Mambo, Cha cha cha, Son.

Rueda con bailes populares
Using Cuban popular dances in Rueda de Casino, like Mambo, Cha cha cha, Son.

Rueda triples
Rueda de Casino using groups of one lead / two followers and two leads / one follower.

Rueda con pasos libres
Figures with focus on footwork.

Estructuras en rueda
Rueda de Casino entering and exiting various rueda structures.

Rueda almacenada (NEW!)
Created from the idea that rueda is a game, or a sport, with teams facing the same challenges in rueda and obtaining the same exitement as a football game (if you like football, of course). A match between two rueda teams will have all the components of the current sport: training, improvisation, strategy, attack, defense and a lot of fun. It´s a rueda, it´s a sport, it´s a show!


Other workshops (non-Rueda)

Cuban body moves
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.

Estilo hombres-mujeres / Styling men-women
Improve your cuban styling. The group will be divided in men/women focusing on movement and technique.

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

Rumba – Guaguancó
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. Guanguancó is one of the 3 Cuban Rumba traditions, in addition to Colombia and Yambó. Rumba moves are also frequently used in Rueda and Salsa, especially Guaguancó.

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

Afro fusion  
A great class combining different afro-cuban dances, using elements from cuban folk dance that will help you improve your body movements and to better control your movements.

Técnica AfroCubano / Afro-Cuban technique
This is a cuban body movement workshop on afro-cuban body movements. We watch the cubans do them with such elegance, and we want to know: where do these movements start in the body? What do we need to focus on? If you want to know the answer to this, come to this class!

The most famous urban dance in Cuba, and that have conquered the world. Even if you´re not a reggaetonero in your heart and soul, the dance gives you challenging body movements that are very useful in salsa and rueda.It will also work up a good appetite before lunch!

Join this choreographic tour of the leading styles in cuban culture: the afro-cuban, the rumba and the timba. And dance it with “sabor, cultura y sentimiento”! (flavour, culture and feeling)

As the name indicates, this is a good mix of Timba and Reggaetón, so you´re in for a 1 hour high energy bomb which will have your body cheering and your face smiling for the rest of the day!

Bachata partnerwork, open level. A nice change from all the cuban dances, is to moves over to the island of the Dominican Republic for some beautiful Bachata. Bachata is, besides Merengue, the most popular rhythm and dance from the Dominican Republic.

Kizomba partnerwork, open level.

Musicalidad practica / Practical musicality
A useful, practical workshop on cuban rhythm and musicality.

Comprender musica Cubana / Understand Cuban music
Basic music knowledge of casino and timba for dancers. How to listen to cuban music and interpret it in your dance.

Other scheduled activities 

Morning Yoga
Come stretch your body through carefully sequenced yoga poses tailored for our salsa dancers.

Morning meditation
Start your day quietening the mind with gentle yoga stretches and morning meditation, preparing, physically and mentally, for another full day of dancing.

Stretch your body and renew your energy with restorative / yin yoga poses to get you ready for more dancing.

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.