Inclusive or Exclusive?

Before choosing a Dynamic Calling Paradigm, the caller (and the group) must first decide if the circle will be inclusive … exclusive … or something in between.  

In an INCLUSIVE Rueda, the caller has to limit calls to the “lowest common denominator” (calls that the least prepared Leader can do with proficiency).  With novices in the circle, that often means lots of repetitive guapeas, timing checks (shouts, foot-stomps) and simple calls at a much slower pace with perhaps occasional Enchuflas con  Afro or Reggaeton embellishments. A good example: 

Inclusive Ruedas typically are by nature DOOMED to FAIL.

First, instead of turning the lights up and the sound volume down, club owners handicap the caller as in the one above.  He’s trying but, in one huge circle, he can barely be heard or seen.  Without a microphone, he will definitely be “one and done”.

Second, since everyone is encouraged to join this INCLUSIVE circle, the caller  must “dumb down” his repertoire even more to accommodate Leaders unfamiliar with Rueda vocabulary or efficient Rueda technique.   

Third, experienced Rueda dancers find these inclusive Ruedas to be boring, leave the circle at the end of the song, and usually abandon Rueda completely.

However, the more the Rueda is EXCLUSIVE, the more opportunities the caller has to challenge the group with a wider variety of calls at a faster speed … such as this R3 Social Rueda, Miami-style, February, 2016.

Keeping a balance between INCLUSIVE and EXCLUSIVE Ruedas is the challenge in public places (i.e.. clubs).   In the long run, Social Ruedas will be successful only when cantantes can alternate successfully between calling inclusive and exclusive circles.  

Therefore, BEFORE starting the Rueda, callers should specify the number of couples and pre-announce the Rueda structure(s) he expects dancers to be proficient in [… not just ask “Who knows Setenta?].  Furthermore, once the Rueda starts, the group should discourage others from “jumping in”.

In Europe, Nikola Medic (Serbia, UK) and others embraced movement and speed in both performance AND social Ruedas.  In 2016, in Boston, this concept earned the name Rueda di•ná•mi•ca and, in Berlin, into TOCADOF … NOT structures but rather a new calling paradigm, different from the Traditional one.  On the bar above, scroll down for info!