Rueda

Rueda is a circular group dance from Cuba. Its patterns are beautiful to watch.

  • Directions are from a bird’s eye point of view, so that if a woman turns to her right, she is turning clockwise.

Patterns

Al medio

  • Man and woman are in closed position, with his left shoulder toward the center of the circle.
  • His right foot taps toward his left foot.
  • His right foot returns to standing position.
  • His left foot taps toward his right foot.
  • His left foot returns to standing position.

Guapea

  • His left hand holds her right hand.
  • Man swings his left arm down and steps back with his left foot while raising his forward right foot.
  • Man swings his left arm up and returns left foot forward to standing position.
  • Man steps forward with his right foot while raising his back left foot, meeting his right hand with the woman’s left hand palm-to-palm fingers up.
  • Man releases his right hand and returns his right foot back to standing position.

Dile que non

His right arm holds the woman on his right. On the downbeat, the man left steps forward. On his right back step, the man uses his right arm to guide her counterclockwise in front of him and to his left.

Exhibela

Man pulls his connected left arm to his left and pushes her left shoulder to his left so that the woman turns clockwise from right to left in front of him.

Tap stance via left arm

His weight is supported on his right leg, his left toe is touching the floor and his left arm is extended and connected to her right hand.

Tap stance via right arm

His weight is supported on his right leg, his left toe is touching the floor and his right arm is extended and connected to her right hand.

Dame

His left hand is free and his right arm holds the woman on his right. On the downbeat, the man left steps forward. As he returns to basic stance, he pushes the woman to his left and he moves forward in the circle to catch the next woman with his right arm.

Dame dos

His left hand is free and his right arm holds the woman on his right. On the downbeat, the man left steps forward. As he returns to basic stance, he pushes the woman to his left and he moves forward in the circle, skips the next woman and catches the subsequent woman with his right arm.

Arriba

His left hand is free and his right arm holds the woman on his right. On the downbeat, the man left steps forward. As he returns to basic stance, he pushes the woman to his left but moves backward in the circle and catches the previous woman with his right arm.

Enchufla

Enchufla doble [1]

Enchufla patín [1]

  • Enchufla but instead of walking to the next woman, men huddle in the center.
  • Men back step to the left.
  • Men back step to the right.
  • Men spin counterclockwise over their left shoulder to the next woman.
  • Dile que non

Adios con la hermana [2]

El uno

  • Right cross hold
  • He pulls the woman forward as he moves behind her in crossbody stance so that her back is facing him and his left hand grasps her left hand.
  • He bachata steps behind her to her left and makes eye contact.
  • He bachata steps behind her to her right and makes eye contact.
  • He bachata steps behind her to her left and makes eye contact.
  • He bachata steps behind her to her right and makes eye contact.
  • While lifting his connected right hand over the woman’s head, he bachata steps behind her to her left.
  • He lifts his right hand over and behind her head while he lifts his left hand over and behind his head for sombrero hold.
  • Dile que non

El dos

  • Left open hold
  • Left open to left open via clockwise enchufla
  • On his forward step, he transfers her right hand from his left hand to his right hand as he rotates 90 degrees counterclockwise so that his back is facing the woman.
  • His left hand holds her left hand as he taps his left foot next to his right foot.
  • He bachata steps in front of her to her left and makes eye contact.
  • While lifting his connected right hand over his head, he bachata steps in front of her to her right and rotates 90 degrees counterclockwise so that he is facing the woman.
  • Sombrero

El kentucky [1]

  • Open hold with his right hand under her left hand.
  • Clockwise wrap enchufla
  • He moves back to her right but keeps his left hand in place on her left shoulder.
  • He moves to her left, places his connected left hand on his right shoulder and turns clockwise into closed position.
  • Dile que non

Vacila

  • Tap stance via left arm
  • He pulls his left hand in and tosses it to the right to signal woman right turn while shifting his weight to his left foot.
  • He crosses his right foot in front and to the left of his left foot.
  • He steps his left foot further left past his right foot.
  • He catches woman after she finishes her turn.
  • Dile que non

Coca cola [1]

From closed position, man guides woman through an inside turn as he walks counterclockwise around her, then performs a dile que non with his left foot facing the center of the circle.

Siete [1]

  • Tap stance via left arm
  • His connected left hand pulls the woman so that she turns clockwise toward the center of the circle with his left arm wrapped around her as he moves behind her near the center of the circle and places his right hand behind her right shoulder blade.
  • He taps once with his left toe and pushes her with his right hand so that she unravels.
  • Guapea

Siete con coca cola [1]

  • Tap stance via left arm
  • His connected left hand pulls the woman so that she turns clockwise toward the center of the circle with his left arm wrapped around her as he moves behind her near the center of the circle and places his right hand behind her right shoulder blade.
  • He taps once with his left toe and pushes her with his right hand so that she turns counterclockwise as he encircles her counterclockwise.
  • Dile que non

Sombrero

  • Tap stance via right arm
  • His right hand holds her right hand and his left hand holds her left hand underneath his right hand.
  • He pulls the woman so that she turns clockwise one and a half times as he moves counterclockwise around her to end on her left.
  • He raises his connected right arm over and behind her head and his connected left arm over and behind his head.
  • Dile que non

Candado, tiempo españa, taro con mano [1]

  • Guapea
  • Open hold
  • He raises his connected left hand over and down to her left while walking to her left so that she is in a wrapped embrace on his right.
  • He raises his connected left hand over and down to her right while walking to her right so that she unravels and the couple is in basic stance.
  • Open hold
  • He raises his connected left hand over and down to her left while walking to her left so that she is in a wrapped embrace on his right.
  • He raises his connected left hand over and down to her right while walking to her right so that she unravels and the couple is in basic stance.
  • Open hold
  • He raises both connected hands over her head while walking to her left but rests his connected right hand on his left shoulder and rests his connected left hand on his right shoulder.
  • Couples walk forward counterclockwise.
  • He turns clockwise into closed position.
  • Couples walk forward clockwise.
  • His left hand continues holding onto his first woman’s right hand as he walks under her right arm to the second woman.
  • Couples walk forward clockwise.
  • His left hand continues holding onto his first woman’s right hand as he walks under her right arm to the third woman.
  • Couples walk forward clockwise.
  • Men squat in the center of the circle as women walk counterclockwise with each man’s left hand still connected to his first woman’s right hand.
  • Men return to closed position with their first woman.

Pelota de cuatro [1]

  • Enchufla
  • With the next partner, couples stomp four times, then individually rotate in place while clapping four times.
  • Dile que non

Chisme [1]

  • Open hold with his right hand under her left hand.
  • Clockwise wrap enchufla
  • Man unravels woman with his right hand so that she spins clockwise to his right as he performs a standard Enchufla with the woman on his left.

Dedo [1]

  • Tap stance via right arm
  • Man walks to his left and raises his connected right arm so that the woman turns clockwise across from his left to his right.
  • Clockwise enchufla, man hook spin
  • His right hand holds her right hand in an arm wrestling grip.
  • Dile que non

Montaña [1]

  • Tap stance via right arm and his left hand is connected under his right hand.
  • Man walks to his left and raises his connected right arm so that the woman turns clockwise across from his left to his right.
  • Clockwise enchufla, man hook spin
  • He lifts his right hand over and behind her head while he lifts his left hand over and behind his head for sombrero hold.
  • Dile que non

Toca la leche [1]

  • Tap stance via right arm
  • Man signals a Vacila with his connected right hand so that the woman spins counterclockwise to his right as he walks to her left so that man and woman have switched positions.
  • Man steps in places for three beats and places his right hand on her left shoulder.
  • Man signals a Left open to left open via clockwise enchufla but keeps his right hand on her left shoulder so that she wraps counterclockwise into him.
  • His right hand grasps her right wrist.
  • He pulls his connected right hand so that she unravels clockwise as he turns counterclockwise over his left shoulder to change her right hand from his right hand to his left hand.
  • Dile que non

Paseala [1]

  • Dile que non
  • Man pulls his connected left hand behind him as he side steps to his left and transfers her right hand from his left hand to his right hand.
  • Man pulls his connected right hand in front of him as he side steps to his right and transfers her right hand from his right hand to his left hand.

Setenta [1]

[1](1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) Thanks to Evelyn Ramirez, Eduardo Brown of Salsa International in New York, NY, USA.
[2](1, 2) Thanks to Alejandro Bouza of Piel Canela in New York, NY, USA.