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.
See the history page for more details of the devellopement of the different Rueda structures.
In addition to various structures in Rueda de casino, related dances may also be danced in a circle (or rueda), like son rueda, cha cha cha rueda, bachata rueda, etc.
Here you will find a description of the most common Rueda structures, that are included in the Norwegian Rueda Standard:
You can also have a look at a few more Rueda structures that are quite commonly used, even though they are not quite ready to be standardized yet. Rueda llanta, Rueda treból, Ábaco, etc.
Social Rueda structures
The focus of The Norwegian 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.
Everyone is responsible for watching an ongoing rueda before considering entering, to see if they are able to keep up. These 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 not be able to follow the flow, and it might destroy the rueda.
Learn a lesson from Mr. Presley: Stop, look and listen, baby ..
More Rueda structures
In addition to the most common Rueda structures, here are a few more Rueda structures that are not yet included in The Norwegian Rueda Standard:
and some more recent Rueda structures that have more of a work-in-progress profile: