Rueda trébol is a structure very similar to Rueda llanta. The main difference is that the small circles (Pequeñas) have 3 couples instead of 2.
In the basic position, 2 of the 3 couples dance in the outer big circle (Grande) and the last couple dances in the inner big circle (Grande), dancing Rueda por fuera.
(Trebol = shamrock / clover with three leavs, or trefoil.)
You will need at least 9 couples to dance Rueda trébol, preferably 12 or 15.
It is also possible to have more couples, as long as the number of couples is a multiple of 3.
Switching partners may be done:
- within the small circles (pequeña)
- within the two bigger circles (grande)
– the inner circle dancing Rueda por fuera (1 of 3 couples)
– the outer circle dancing regular Rueda de casino (2 of 3 couples)
One advantage compared to Rueda llanta is that the outer big circle is more evenly spaced. A bonus is that transiting from Rueda de casino into Rueda treból and back requires very short travelling.
The principles and variations are the same as in Rueda llanta and so are the challenges using this structure socially. Only 3 couples can join on the fly – and they must know how to dance it!
Rueda trébol was invented by Dave Mahoney, Oregon, USA, around 2013. Thanks for the contribution!
Rueda trébol may be entered from a regular Rueda de casino by a transit command.
Before the transit command is issued, the caller needs to make sure that everyone is prepared to enter Rueda trébol.
- Rueda trébol: Command to enter Rueda trébol from open position (guapea) in Rueda de casino.
- Una Rueda grande: Command to exit Rueda trébol and going back to regular Rueda de casino.
The caller designates 2 teams of dancers. The team names are not crucial, here we will use Cantantes (“callers”) and Oyentes (“listeners“).
When in Rueda de Casino / Una Rueda Grande:
– The caller is a Cantante, and every third leader are also Cantantes.
– The leaders on each side of the Cantantes are Oyentes.
When the command for entering Rueda trébol is given, the Cantantes move straight toward the center and turn Por Fuera to form the inner (Grande) Rueda. At the same time the Oyentes close the outer (Grande) Rueda slightly, to form the Pequeñas. Use the reverse to exit to Una Rueda Grande.
How to change partner
In regular commands with partner change: Change partner in the Pequeñas. For example enchufla, la prima, vacílala y dame.
Commands with partner change containing “Grande”: Change partner in the Grandes. For example “grande Tumba Francesa”.
Mixed command. For example “Toma Electrica y dame grande”. Here we start Toma Electrica in the Pequeña, and change partners in the Grande.
The concept of “Soulmates” from Rueda llanta exists in Rueda trébol in a “Manage a Trois” fashion. After a Grande partner change:
– The outer two leaders and the inner follower are Soulmates and will be in the next Pequeña in the same positions.
– The inner leaders should be looking for the 2 outer leaders from the pervious Pequeña to form the new Pequeña.
Separate commands for the big circles
Use of team names allows separate commands for the inner and outer grandes, by refering to the two “teams” – Cantantes and Oyentes.
After the initial transition to Rueda trébol, the definition of Cantantes and Oyentes changes slightly:
If you are in the same Grande as the Cantante, you are a Cantante.
If you are not in same Grande as the Cantante, you are an Oyente.
If you start as a Cantante you will always be a Cantante.
If you start as an Oyente, you can change back and forth depending on your position in the Pequeña.
Why dance Rueda trébol?
Same reason as for other rueda structures, for the fun and the challenge. In Rueda trébol and in Rueda llanta you get quite some variation – constantly changing between dancing rueda in a small circle, in a bigger circle, turning the dircle outward (Por Fuera), and changing dance partner all the time.