Salsa Rueda

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by brasilian, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. brasilian

    brasilian Changui

    Hi there,

    Someone along time ago told me that the calls in salsa rueda have 2 meanings. One is the name of the figure and the other is usually humorous. Anyone can point me to some good sites that have these? Or can post here? Thanks
  2. MacMoto

    MacMoto Administrator Staff Member

    I don't know about "usually humorous", but each rueda call means something in Spanish and it's not a straight-forward description of a move (like "right turn", "touch-and-go", etc. in slot style). For example, Dile Que No is the Cuban-style version of the crossbody lead, but the name itself doesn't say "crossbody lead" - it's Spanish for "tell her no". Same with calls like Dame (Una) (partner change/"give me (one)"), Vacilala (travelling free right turn for the follower/"check her out"), etc.

    Some of the calls are more puzzling than humorous to me (or maybe they are humorous but I'm not getting the joke?) - e.g., "yogurt", "setenta (70)", "kentucky"...

    There are a few lists of rueda calls on the internet if you google for them, e.g.,

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  3. brasilian

    brasilian Changui


    Thanks MacMoto for your web links. Somebody sent me the following:

    Rueda (as it is commonly called in Cuba) is a form of Casino danced in a round with 2 or more couples exchanging partners when one person calls out the turn names ("Rueda" is Spanish for "Wheel", and "Casino" is known outside of Cuba as "Salsa").

    The steps that are considered the "core" steps are danced in a similar fashion around the world and are the basic ones. Some of them are: Al Medio, Abajo, Dile que No, Adios, Adios con Hermana, (called "La Prima" in Cuba and Europe) Echufe (or in Miami: Enchufla), etc. The names may vary somewhat, but those are pretty basic steps, and I've personally seen them danced in Cuba, as well as in Santiago, Chile; Denver, Colorado and even Positano, Italy!

    What happens next is a result of dance in general being a fluid and ever-changing entity, not stagnant. Moves are invented locally that reflect cultural reality. In Chile you might find a step named "Entel Chile", with a move that mocks someone talking on the phone, since Entel is the largest phone company in Chile. In Miami we have a step called "Balsero", which imitates the movements of the waves ("Balsero" is someone who comes to the YUMA (USA) by "balsa" or "raft"). You won't find that move in Chile because nobody gets to Chile by raft!

    While some of the moves are graceful and intricate, others are just plain funny, such as "fly" where the guys slap their palms together over the girls' heads in a pretend fly-catcher move (as in "fly ball", not the kind that buzzes around your food!). After all, what is dancing all about if not to have fun with it?!
  4. Tom

    Tom Son Montuno

    Rueda calls

    'Yogur' is very rude Spanish slang. Check out my list of tongue-in-cheek rueda definitions here:
  5. Tom

    Tom Son Montuno

    Rueda calls

    A lot of moves have different names depending on where you are, and even more confusingly the same term can refer to different moves. Gets more confusing in the UK where some people use pure Cuban calls and others use Miami calls. For example, going back to the previous partner (clockwise round the circle) can be 'abajo' (downwards) or 'arriba' (upwards) depending on what style the caller learnt.

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