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Rueda workshops

Rueda de Casino
Rueda figures selected by the instructor. See the hand-out at the congress for which figures the instructor is planning to teach.
On level 2 and 3 some of the figures will be standard Rueda figures from

Rueda de Casino – con estilo
Focus on the style and how the Rueda looks when you dance. Improving your technique makes the dance more fun – for you and the other dancers in the Rueda!

Rueda de Casino – technique
Focus on the dance technique in Rueda de Casino. This is helpful to start and finish the figures on time, to not get dizzy, to make your leading and following understandable, etc.

Rueda de Casino – dos parejas
Rueda in circles with only 2 couples in each Rueda. This is quite fun, and even “dame dos” is a new experience. This is also very useful to move on to structures like Rueda llanta and Rueda torno. Illustration and explanation.

Rueda de Casino – caminando
Rueda de Casino, focusing on figures where the cirle is rotating constantly, and combinations that makes the dance flow nicely. See examples of Rueda caminando figures on
For the 2 hour Sunday caminando workshop you need to have experience with caminando figures to attend, and please do not leave the workshop after the first hour.

Rueda de la calle (street rueda)
This is regular Rueda de Casino, but focus on short and fun figures! Street Rueda figures are often used in Rueda on the street or at a party, where the dancers might pick up the figure during the dance. See examples of street Rueda figures on

Rueda de Casino – calling
Learn more about calling in a Rueda, and call with musicality. This is useful also if you are not (yet) a caller, to understand more about how the caller thinks, and what is needed to start calling.

Rueda de Casino – with musicality
Focus on your dance responding to the music being played. How the beginning of a song is different than the later parts, what to do in the music breaks, etc.

Rueda de Casino – active followers (NEW!)
Rueda de Casino with focus on figures where the followers/women are active. For example the figure ocho para mujeres.

Rueda de Casino – con Afrocubano
Rueda de Casino, using figures from traditional Afro-Cuban dances. Cuban dancers often include figures and moves from Rumba and Afro-Cuban dances in their Salsa and Rueda. This is a good way to learn a few of these moves, and also use them when you dance Cuban Salsa.

Rueda de Casino – con Columbia
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 in a Rueda setting.

Rueda equis (NEW!)
In Rueda equis there is no leaders or followers! All dancers are using the exact same footwork, and all dancers have active roles, bringing a lot of dynamics and energy to the Rueda. This is a brand new concept, developed over the last year by Noe & Diego, who will be teaching the class. If you are a fast learner, you are up for an exciting challenge. Illustration and explanation.

Rueda para mujeres (NEW!)
This year we will have a Rueda workshop for women only! Our Cuban instructor, Leysis Smith, will be teaching the ladies an all women Rueda.

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

Rueda por fuera
In Rueda por fuera everyone faces out of the circle. You will learn how to transit to facing out, and how to transit facing the center again. Rueda por fuera is a fun variation, and it useful if you are moving on to several of the Rueda structures. Rueda por fuera is also quite suitable to use in a performance, to face the audience for a while, befor you turn back in to the center. Video and illustration.

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. And in a Rueda.

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

Rueda Hip Hop (NEW!)
Try dancing Hip Hop in a Rueda. You don’t need to be a B-boy to try this signature class with Luis Duarte.

Rueda fun
Play with the Rueda. Easy, fun stuff.

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 
Similar to Rueda cruzada, but with everyone dancing on the same beat. Illustration and description.

Rueda contrario 
In Rueda contrario, a specific command is added (“contrario”). Contrario means opposite. Every second leader will change partner the regular way (abajo), and the other leaders will change partner the opposite way (abajo). Chaos? Not if you follow the traffic rules!
– Contrario I: Introduction to the basics of Rueda contrario. Illustration and video.
– Contrario II mujeres contrario: The followers get fixed roles, and when the command “mujeres contrario” is used, the followers are the ones changing partner – in opposite directions! Excellent for ladies experienced in Rueda de Casino. You need to have experience in dancing Rueda contrario to attend this workshop. Explanation.

Rueda llanta
In regular Rueda de Casino we have couples dancing in a circle. In Rueda llanta the Rueda consists of small circles (ruedas) with two couples. There are two ways of switching partner: 1) in the small circles (pequeña) or within the two bigger circles (grande). It helps to be familiar with Rueda con dos parejas and Rueda por fuera in advance. 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, and like Rueda cruzada, an even number of couples are needed. What makes this structure especially intriguing, is that for the couples facing out, the followers/women are the ones travelling to the next partner! Video and illustration.

Rueda eco mixta (NEW!)
This is a mix of Rueda eco (see above) and Rueda mixta (see above). You basically dance Rueda mixta, but you add the echo concept from Rueda eco. To attend the class you need to have experience with Rueda mixta and Rueda eco in advance.

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. Illustration and more explanation.
– Switch I: Basic figures. You need to have experience in leading and following to attend this workshop.
– Switch II: Various switch commands. You need to have experience with dancing switch to attend this workshop.

Rueda almacenada 
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!
Note: There will be a Rueda almacenada contest at the Rueda Congress, Sunday at 18:00!


Other workshops (non-Rueda)

Ladies styling / Men styling
Improve your Cuban styling. The workshops will be focusing on movement and technique for women/men.

Columbia (Rumba)
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.

Traditional Afro-Cuban dance moves. 

As the name indicates, this is a good mix of Salsa and Reggaetón. This will have your body cheering and your face smiling for the rest of the day!

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!

Pachanga is a music genre, and the accompanying dance / dance movements originating from the 1950’s. Pachanga is still used frequently as mambo (salsa) music, and often you can see salsa dancers spice up their dance with pachanga steps. 

Salsa con dos mujeres
One lead and two followers (also called Salsa triples.) A very nice challenge, and sometimes useful in the Salsaclubs while we are waiting for the guys to show up. 

Learn to listen to the music
Basic music knowledge of how to listen to music and interpret it in your dance.

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


Get more comfortable with the steps, movements and the couple dance. 
Open level, but you should know the basics of the dance in advance.

Cha cha cha partnerwork
One of the classic bailes populares from Cuba. Example videos of the dance.

Son partnerwork
Another one of the classic dances from Cuba. Video example of the dance.

Bachata partnerwork
A nice change from all the Cuban dances, is to move 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. 

Other scheduled activities

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

Start the day with some Cuban body moves, to get your body ready for a full day/weekend of dancing!

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

Practice room
If you and your Rueda friends need a break from the workshops, or you want to practice or try out some new ideas. Bring your own music.