Salsa > Rueda

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by MadamSamba, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. MadamSamba

    MadamSamba Member

    Hiya, folks.

    Just interested in what experiences people have had with rueda and what they think. I've seen it a couple of times in the past few weeks and am fascinated and am thinking about taking lessons.

    Is it difficult to learn? Does it take long? Will you be OK learning it if you know a little salsa?

    Tell me, tell me, tell me, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease. :)
  2. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    It's not hard to learn at all. For most guys just listening to the calls and reacting is probably the hardest thing since you're essentially 'following' the caller and not leading. I love it every now and then...nice change of pace! Adios!!
  3. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Just starting to learn myself. As best I can tell, if you already know salsa it'll be a snap for you. There are only a few moves where the woman needs to really know the calls/moves – most of them she can just follow. One tip however...stay put! Don't try to "track" your man the way you might if you were just couples dancing. Especially until you learn all the calls you just need to wait for whichever guy is going to pick you up to come and do so.

    Speaking of rueda, I vaguely remember a link to a site with the various rueda moves/names/calls on it... does anyone have or know of such a link?
  4. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

  5. Danish Guy

    Danish Guy New Member

  6. Salsero_AT

    Salsero_AT New Member

    Also try this link:

    There are some videos on this site.

    I like dancing rueda very much and if you are a beginner it teaches you timing and you get to know many people very easily.

    Have fun
  7. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hi, Salsero_AT! Welcome to the forums! :D

    Thanks for the link. :D I'm considering attending a few rueda lessons myself, since there's a studio five minutes from my place. Nothing yet, though. :?

    Thanks for joining us. I look forward to seeing you in the forums. :D

  8. Salsero_AT

    Salsero_AT New Member

    Thanks for the welcoming :D

    I hope you try rueda one time, it is really great fun... and you can also do some quite challenging figures ... "torniquette" (from Salsalovers i think) for a example is a very fast move influenced by LA style ... which leaves me exhausted if i do it a couple of times 8)
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I probably will try it in a couple weeks. There are classes about 2 miles from my house, on Wednesday and Friday nights. I'm working hard on another dance project right now, so I've put all my new dance plans on hold for a while, so I can focus and practice. So probably in November. I hear rueda is really fun. :D
  10. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to the forums Salsero_AT...and thanks for the rueda link! :D
  11. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    Hi MS. I've taken Casino Rueda and absolutely love it! For beginners, the most important calls to know are "Dame" (Changing partners) and "Dile que No" (Cross body lead for One on One Salsa). To get a head start on Dance patterns, check out

    The site may be in German but the patterns are pretty much the same. Enjoy! Una Bulla!
  12. salsa-surfer

    salsa-surfer New Member

  13. MadamSamba

    MadamSamba Member

    Wow! Thanks so much for all your advice, links and, most of all, enthusiasm!! :) I'm terribly excited about starting classes in a couple of weeks time! :) The video links are especially great.
  14. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    So started the salsa rueda classes yet MadamSamba? I've been doing it for about 5 weeks now and having a lot of fun at it. :)
  15. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Just learnt a second basic rueda step, an alternative gaupea step. Instead of stepping as in salsa quick, quick, is quick,quick,quick,quick. I'm curious which versions you ruderos/as have done and which one you prefer, and why.

    Version A
    Leader Follower
    R 1-2. step L
    L 3 step R
    R 4 step L
    L 5-6 step R
    R 7 step L
    L 8 step R

    Version B
    Leader follower

    R 1.step L
    L 2. tap R
    L 3. step R
    R 4. step L
    L 5. tap R
    L 6. step R
    R 7. cross-step L
    L 8. step R
  16. tj

    tj New Member

    Fascinating - this is On2, isn't it!!!

    Are you doing Rueda On2 then? Neat!
  17. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    It actually is on3. If on1 it would go something like

    Version B -- Leader L and follower R hands joined together at all times
    L 1. Step, almost like 5th positon break, quick, Leader L-follower R hand down, faces to center
    R 2. Step, in place, quick, Leader L-follower R hands coming up.
    L 3-4 Step, Slow, hands up
    R 5, step forward so foot overlaps followers forward foot slightly, quick, Leader R-follower L meet, while leader L guides follower R down so leader and follower face each other
    L 6, step in place, quick, Leader R and follower left push off each other, other hands coming up.
    R 7-8, step, slow, leader and follower facing center of circle at end with leader L and follower R hands up

    Notice the transposition.

    I really haven't done much on2, of which I've seen at least 3 versions of for the salsa basic step, to guess what that would be for the rueda guapea step.
  18. tj

    tj New Member

    Neat, I can only begin to imagine how screwed up my footwork would be if I didn't concentrate really hard while trying this! :shock:
  19. Pacion

    Pacion New Member

    :banana: I lurvvee rueda! :banana: I think it can really bring out the "community"/social/party aspect of a salsa event. (Or maybe I just like the variety :wink: )

    Two extremes? Sydney and London. In Sydney, before you could blink twice, a circle would form at certain party nights/events. In London/UK, you can have your eyes wide open for two hours (!) (in case you should blink and miss it) and still, nothing :oops: Sadly, whilst there was a strong cuban influence, it seems that some of the "youngsters" are unappreciative :cry: and seem to prefer the "coupleness" of the dance rather than looking out to the wider more sociable aspect :(

    The only "problem" with Sydney is that you (me!) might have been having a great time with a great partner and before you could blink twice a circle has formed :lol: therefore disrupting the potential chemistry I was building with my partner :oops:

    Still, if I had a choice, I would prefer the Sydney scene of lots of rueda rather than the London scene which seems to have a very individualistic, competitive, look-at-me-I-am-too-hot-to-trot attitude :roll:
  20. tj

    tj New Member

    It certainly can be fun. But I've seen Rueda get political, too.

    I hadn't given it much thought, but this is totally right on about other LA Style scenes, too. Hmm...

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