Rueda de casino, the casino wheel, has a basic structure of couples forming a circle.
For many rueda dancers, regular Rueda de casino is the “only” way of dancing rueda.
For others this is the beginning. After some years of dancing rueda, some people try out other structures and start experimenting with various combinations.
Rueda structures are developing over time, and for some structures it is hard to define if it considered to be a standard structure. Or if it even is yet defined, or still developing. To make a selection, the Rueda Standard describes the rueda structures that have been taught at the SalsaNor Rueda Congress over the years – since 2002.
Let’s start with the basis:
Then you have the social rueda structures, where it is not a problem if one more couple joins the rueda in the middle of a song:
- Rueda por fuera
- Rueda contratiempo
- Rueda con dos mujeres
- Rueda en linea
- Rueda combo
- Rueda torno
- Rueda espejo
- Rueda transvesti / Rueda supresa
- Rueda confusion
Then you have the rueda structures where you have to divide into two teams (primeros and segundos / cantantes and oyentes) and therefore they are more difficult to use in a social setting:
And finally some more recent Rueda structures that are still work-in-progress:
Social rueda structures
The focus of the Rueda Standard is social rueda dancing.
In a social setting dancers commonly enter a rueda in the middle of the song.
This is a killer for the rueda structures that require an even number of couples,
like rueda cruzada, rueda llanta and rueda frente a frente.
All rueda dancers should respect an ongoing rueda, and watch the rueda a bit before considering to enter, to see if they are able to keep up. The various rueda strucutres makes this even more cruisial. If you enter a rueda, and then discover that this was not a rueda de casino after all, but a rueda espejo or rueda travesti, then you will probably be killing this rueda.
Consider the lesson from Elvis Presley: Stop, look and listen, baby ..
More about structures
For more details of the devellopement of the different Rueda structures see the history page.
In addition to various structures in rueda de casino, related dances may also be danced in a rueda/circle, like son, cha cha cha, bachata, etc.