Rueda de Casino was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As a result of the Castro regime, many Cubans emigrated to the US, many to the Miami area. With them they took their culture including various foods, music and dancing. Rueda de Casino began to slowly make its way into the Miami salsa community and in the late 1980s and early 1990s it experienced an enormous explosion of popularity. From Miami, it spread first to major U.S. metropolitan centers with large Hispanic populations and eventually to other cities as well.
Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller (or líder in Spanish). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues, where spoken calls might nog be easily heard. Most moves involve the swapping of partners.
SalsateGusta teaches dancing in Rueda de Casino with the second level course. We focus on rhythm, style and FUN! If you are curious, you can always come and have a look at the class on monday. If you have already completed the first level course, or if you have some basic experience with Cuban salsa dancing, we invite you to come and join this course!
This video is of the Italian group 'Pablito y su M'. SalsateGusta was participating in their workshop during our visit to the Amsterdam Salsa Festival.