Traditional Paradigm

The Traditional Paradigm of calling a Rueda comes from the “Cuban-style” Salsa classes based on the scope and sequence of the Salsa Lovers curriculum.

Instead of teaching Casino with couples arranged in lines facing a mirror, these instructors typically arrange the couples in a circle. As in the video below, learners mistakenly conclude that Rueda is simply “dancing Casino” in a circle with partner changes.

In “static” Ruedas like the one above, Leaders move from “station to station” dancing with Followers one-by-one while executing the cantante’s calls.  Even Ruedas like the one below that consist of difficult Salsa Lovers’ calls linked by “Dame” are still essentially “static”.

Execution of longer, more complicated Casino COUPLE moves became the default definition of what an Advanced Rueda was supposed to look like:

Consequently, Casino COUPLE moves like Abanico Complicado, La Habana, Dedo de Lázaro became the definition of a “first-class” Performance Rueda:

However, while the Traditional Calling paradigm may work to teach Casino “figures” (turn patterns for COUPLES) and may provide ready-made sequences for a Rueda choreography, it doesn’t really work well for dancing Social Rueda … which is NOT a COUPLES dance.  An example of a Social Rueda in normal Structure with basic “non-static” calls:


With a  Dynamic Calling Paradigm, the caller can emphasize changing partners, distance, direction, even structures.