1. dame una / dame otra
= give me one / give me another
This is the most common figure in rueda – a simple partner change.
There are several commands that means the same as “dame una”. Some of the most common are:
- dame = give me
- otra = another *
- dame otra = give me another *
- esa no me gusta = I don’t like this one *
2. dame dos
= give me two
This figure is like dame una, but the guys go to the second lady to his right, not the first. Because it is a longer distance, the guys need to start moving as soon as the previous lady passed (that is on beat nr 6).
A classic sequence of commands is: dame una > dame dos > dos con dos.
It is not very common to call dame dos from the basic step in open position (guapea), it feels like you have to run to the partner.
It is quite usual to also call also dame tres (give me three, i.e. partner number three).
3. dame una arriba
= give me one upward
This figure is basically like dame una, but lead is changing partner to their left. In this case the dile que no starts as the guys are in front of the ladies, and is therefore done with some more turning.
These are all common commands for this figure:
– dame una arriba [give me one upward]
– una arriba [one upward]
– la de arriba [the one upward]
4. (dame) directo
= (give me) directly
This is a simple partner change without turning (and without dile que no). The command may vary a bit:
- dame directo
- damela directo
There are also a few different ways to lead this figure:
- with guys left hand in womans right (shown in the video)
- with both hands
- with right hand in right hand (the guy switches on 7)
= connect her
Except for dame una, this is the most common figure to call for a simple partner change.
6. enchufla doble
= connect her double
7. enchufla y quédate
= connect her and stay
8. pelota una, dos, tres
= ball one, two, three
= pick her up
= check her out
12. una media, un fly
13. dile que sí
= tell her yes
The opposite of dile que no.
This figure takes you from open position to closed position.
The caller should call another command before this one ends.
If not, the next move should be whatever is considered the most basic in closed position, which might very well be vamos arriba.
14. la prima
= the cousin
15. (prima) con la hermana
= (cousin) with the sister
16. la familia / hasta la tia
= the family / until the aunt
“Hasta la tia” is used only if this figures is called in sequence with “la prima” – “con la hermana” – “hasta la tia”.
Otherwise it is more common and also more logical to call “la famila” for this figure.
= take her for a walk
18. cubanito, cubanita
= small cuban (male, female)
More about open position.