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« on: April 15, 2009, 01:12:52 PM »

I have been reading a book recently about salsa dancing in Latin America. It has a section on Miami, where it suggests that Rueda is used as a teaching medium for learning salsa moves. Is this particularly common in the States?
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 01:19:34 PM »

It is the studio where I was taking lessons.  It was always interesting to the instructor that I liked Rueda, but didn't like salsa!
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009, 04:27:36 PM »

Interesting!

I feel the same. In part because I much prefer Cuban style and that's La Rueda. And partly because I dont do salsa enough so Rueda gives me some way of codifying the dance.

It's also a lot of fun when you get the wheel all moving as one. Fantastic!

Is there anyone here who has experienced Miami salsa classes?
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 08:00:29 PM »

I have never heard of La Rudea, how different is it from Salsa?
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009, 08:05:50 PM »

Rueda is sort of a salsa square dance.  You all have partners, you dance in a circle, there is a leader calling moves, you change partners, but a lot of the calls are salsa moves. 
It is a lot of fun, especially if you have a big circle!
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2009, 10:15:10 PM »

Yes that does sound like fun :-)
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009, 11:38:36 AM »

It is.  If you get a chance, you should try it!
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009, 08:50:14 PM »

I have heard that here it is gaining in popularity. Might have to try it one day.

Though I have to admit I like salsa very much, but that is because my pro makes it so much fun and also because there are quite a few clubs here in MD/DC area.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2009, 08:58:37 PM »

I hate salsa, but I rather expect it is due to being unfavorably compared to a friend of mine who likes it.  After the comparison, I backed waaaay off any dance she liked, as a result I do not dance any Rhythm or Latin dances.
I think it can be fun if you are just out dancing to have fun and are not being watched.
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2009, 06:36:10 PM »

I like it - wish I could do more and even more I wish leads would ask me to dance at salsa studios but it never happens Sad  Maybe its just toronto - its the same in the ballroom halls...
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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2009, 04:32:50 PM »

La Rueda is fun! If you can follow Salsa you'll do fairly well in Rueda even if you don't know the calls (as they are often in Spanish). As far as I know Rueda is pretty popular in Florida but kind of spotty most other places... I know of only one studio that actively teaches Rueda in my area. If you can find it.. I definately suggest trying it... it's a GREAT way to learn leading/following too!
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2009, 06:23:56 AM »

La Rueda is fun! If you can follow Salsa you'll do fairly well in Rueda even if you don't know the calls (as they are often in Spanish). As far as I know Rueda is pretty popular in Florida but kind of spotty most other places... I know of only one studio that actively teaches Rueda in my area. If you can find it.. I definately suggest trying it... it's a GREAT way to learn leading/following too!

Hi Stagekat

Interesting you say that. Ive been going recently to a LA cross body class. Can I get the buggers to follow when I try to lead a DQN? Can I heck! So what am I doing wrong?!
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2009, 03:10:53 PM »

Hrmmm... Not sure what DQN is Jep... If you can help me out with that... maybe I can tell you what I look for in a lead for that?

Actually might try my hand at Rueda again tonight!
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2009, 03:13:27 PM »

Hrmmm... Not sure what DQN is Jep... If you can help me out with that... maybe I can tell you what I look for in a lead for that?

Actually might try my hand at Rueda again tonight!

Dile Que No - Cuban cross body

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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2009, 03:20:14 PM »

Ah see? I don't speak Spanish... which is why I FOLLOW Rueda  Tongue

The most common problem I find in following any kind of cross body is that my lead doesn't open up in that direction (my right/his left). Without opening up in that direction it often feels like it could be a turn or that I'm just being pushed to the side. Don't know if that helps at all... I'll check with Rueda pro tonight though... cuz now I'm interested. Will let you know.
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