|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|
por mi por ti
= for me for you
= male character from the song Pedro Navaja (by Ruben Blades)
el dedo con guarapo y bota
= “el dedo” with guarapo (neckless) and “bota” (= the finger (a figure) with guarapo (a neckless) and kick (a figure))
setenta por las manos
= “setenta” with the hands (seventy with the hands)
= little female salsa dancer
enchufla contra mambo
= “enchufla” with counter mambo
The figure may also be called ‘enchufla contra mambo square’ or ‘enchufla contra mambo cajón’ to emphasize the fact that both the leader and follower should be moving in a square/box/caja while doing the contra mambo part.
Creator : Nikola Medic
enchufla para hombres
= “enchufla” for men (connect her for men)
This figure is changed slightly in the 2017 Rueda Standard update. Video will be out in the fall 2017.
= electrical circuit
toma electrica complicada
= complicated “toma electrica” (complicated electrical circuit)
Video is not ready yet.
una pa´mi, una pa´ti
= one for me, one for you
dame dos con Cuba
= give me two with Cuba