|In open position there is some distance between the two in the couple. They still hold one hand together (leaders left hand and followers right hand).
Guapea is the name of the basic step in open position. Most of the rueda figures start from this position.
A few of the figures start when the partners are side by side, which happens for example when you change partner with the figure “dame una”.
|Side by side||Guapea
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 *
* you need at least one or a few “dame” or Idame una” calls first.
= 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).
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]
A classic sequence of commands is: dame una > dame dos > una arriba.
= take her for a walk
= pick her up
= connect her
enchufla is probably the most common figure in rueda de casino, in addition to dame una.
enchufla is also used frequently as a start for other figures, like enchufla con mambo.
In the Rueda Standard the enchufla command includes a partner change. This is the most common practice in our experience, but there are exceptions.
It is possible to call enchufla without partner change by the command enchufla y dile que no.
= connect her double
enchufla y quédate
= connect her and stay
= (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)
A tip for the leader is to lead without any turning of the follower and step (left) out of the way for your right arm to not hit the follower when passing.
pelota una, dos, tres
= ball one, two, three (refering to baseball)
= look at her (to Cubans this is more like check her out)
= the cousin
(prima) con la hermana
= (cousin) with the sister
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” (= the cousin – with the sister – all the way out to the aunt).
Otherwise it is more common and also more logical to call “famila” for this figure.