About This Workshop
It began in El Casino Deportivo, a Havana social club. The name “casino” comes from the social club where the dance began. “Rueda” means wheel or circle. It is a type of salsa dancing done by a group in a circle, with partners being passed around. This wildly popular dance was done everywhere in Cuba—in the streets, in parking lots, in clubs, in homes.
A member of the circle calls the moves for everyone to execute. Each move has a name and most have hand signals since it is hard to hear in noisy nightclubs. Moves can be called in quick succession, and along with frequent partner exchanges, this creates a very dynamic and exciting atmosphere for everyone involved. The group nature of the dance is unique and makes it quite social.
Special Note: In this Workshop we ONLY present Rueda. You’ll already need to know how to dance the basic Salsa moves.
What Will I Learn?
- Rueda Basics;
- Many (MANY!) Rueda calls and handsigns;
- The community of Rueda;
- How to make your Cuban Salsa SMOOTH!
When Can I Start?
This is a regular program – just check the “What’s On” page in the top menu.
Who Should Do This Workshop?
Anyone who knows basic Salsa, and wants to expand it into a new and fun style.
- Printed guide to Rueda;
- List of common Rueda moves;
- Free access to online videos via the Campus;
- Bonus free Practice Time in the Studio.
What to wear?
The Studio is fully air conditioned, but you’ll probably get hot, so layers are good. We suggest neat comfortable clothing – preferably NOT gym wear.
As to footwear, the top of the “wish list” is leather soled dance shoes, but many new dancers don’t have them (yet ;-).
Ladies, any comfortable shoe, but avoid platform soles (no flexibility), plastic soles (they slide on the polished wood floors), or shoes that don’t capture your heel (might come off in a spin). A court shoe works just fine.
Men, again, any comfortable shoe, preferably with a leather soles.
In any case, even sneakers will be OK for your first Workshops, and then you can decide which way you’d like to go.
These workshops can be paid by using your DanceCard:
- One only Workshop – $20;
- DanceCard of 5 Workshops – $80 ($16 per Workshop);
- DanceCard of 11 Workshops – $160 (about $14.50 per Workshop)
DanceCards last 12 months. Every time you attend a Workshop we “click” your DanceCard. If say, you need to work and can’t come along to your regular Workshop, YOU DON’T LOOSE IT. This way you come along to suit YOUR schedule!