|Street rueda refers to the easy figures that you may pick up on the street or in a social rueda, as opposed to learning it at a dance school.
These are short and fun figures to be used in typically a social rueda, on the street, at a party, and where the dancers might not know the figures already.
CORE Rueda figures
IMPROVER / INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED
= one middle
One clap to the centre of the circle.
fly, linea, rolling
= fly ball, straight ball, rolling ball
linea and rolling are new figures in the 2017 Rueda Standard update. Video will be out in the fall 2017.
= last name, and the name of a former social club in Havana
enchufla con mambo
= connect her with mambo
= the zero
This figure is changed slightly in the 2017 Rueda Standard update. Video will be out in the fall 2017.
ni pa’ti ni pa’mi
= neither for you nor for me
= double play (baseball term)
= muffin / pancake
VARIOUS LEVELS – IMPROVER / INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED
saca agua del pozo
= fetch water from the whell
This is a reference to a very traditional action, to pick up water from a whell.
= american (male, female)
The figure should ideally be danced with a bit of a Cubanized hip hop style, like a Cuban showing a parody of an american hip hop dancer.
tiempo España arriba, abajo
= typically Spanish forward, backward
This figure is essentially the same as vamos arriba, but the style is different. In vamos arriba the style is regular Cuban style with a lot of movement, tiempo España indicates closer and more upright style, like in the Spanish dances from the colonial era, with less movement. The figure is used occacionally, as a comment to the dance style ages ago. Video is not ready yet.
principe bueno, principe malo
= good prince, bad prince
= give me one behind
= sit her down
mata la cucaracha
= kill the cockroach
= middle double
The command stops the movement, preferably with a pose, as if a photographer was present.
It is similar to la madre, but una foto has more of a pose.It is commonly used at the end of a song, but it may also be used inside a song, either to stop to align with people who got lost in the dance. To continue the dance, different commands may be used, depending on the position, for example se fue, dame una, una media, dile que no, etc.
enchufla con rumba (y vacuna)
= connect her with rumba (and vacuna)
Manolin / el medico de la salsa
= Manolin (Cuban artist) / the artist’s nick name, “the doctor of salsa”
= give me quickly
enchufla y escóndete
= connect her and hide
un alarde, dos alardes
alarde = show-off (one, two “alarde”s)
This figure is a right turn for the leaders on 5-6-7 in the dile que no of a partner change.
Video is not ready yet.
cero con giro
= “cero” with turn (zero with turn)
New in the 2017 Rueda Standard update. Video will be out in the fall 2017.
enchufla con palma y pata’
= “enchufla” with clap and kick (connect her with clap and kick)
New figure in the 2017 Rueda Standard update. Video will be out in the fall 2017.