Syllabus of Casino Rueda Steps
Note that all of these moves can be done in
a circle with a group, or social dancing with a partner.
Fly / 2
turn right and ladies turn left. Clap facing the person behind you on beat 1 (or
for “2 Flies” on beats 1 and 2).
Besito---Guys turn right and ladies turn left. Air kiss the
person behind you on beat 1.
High 5,10---Guys turn right and ladies turn left. Do a high 5 or
10 on beat 1 with person behind you.
Suena---Stomp on beat 5.
Bulla---Shout on beat 5.
Bulla Doble--Shout on beats 5 and 6.
Suena y Bulla (also called Suena con Bulla)--Stomp and
shout on beat 5.
Foto---Hold any pose for 8 beats and resume dancing on beat 1,
turn on beats 1, 2, and 3. Then guys travel to next partner on the following
beats 1, 2, and 3; and do the CBL on beats 5, 6, 7 to resume basic.
Enchufla Doble--Start like Enchufla but add 8 beats where guy
pushes the lady back under his arm. Then do a regular Enchufla.
Pelota Con Dos or Quatro---Do
Enchufla and then stomp and clap twice each (or 4 times each) before going to
the next partner. These stomps & claps are on successive beats 1, 3, 5, and 7.
Pelota Loca--Do Enchufla then stomp, clap, stomp clap stomp
clap clap clap (on successive beats 1 through 8) before moving to the next partner.
Pelota Con Clave--Do Enchufla and clap the “clave rhythm” (5
claps) before going to next partner.
Adios---Starts with "back spot turn" (in a ballroom-type hold).
Throw lady’s arm overhead on beat 6. Then guys go to next partner on
beats 1, 2, and 3 as usual. Do CBL to resume basic.
Adios con la Hermana--Starts like Adios; ends with two Enchuflas--like
Pa Ti Pa Mi. No partner exchange.
Dame Dos—The same as Dame Una but skip one lady and go to the
next. You still travel on beats 1, 2, 3 and do the CBL on beats 5, 6, 7.
So it is rhythmically identical to Dame Una--you just travel farther!
Dame Dos Con Dos--Same as Dame Dos but also clap on beats 1 and 2
while traveling to next partner.
Dame con los Manos---Group move in which ladies rock back and then
do CBLs repeatedly, while guys rock forward & lead the CBL. Continue this until 8 beats after
caller calls Dile que no (or "Tranca" for ladies' turns).
Kentucky---Get into “cuddle position” on beats 1, 2,
3. Guys move from lady's
left to right behind her on 5, 6, 7. Then guys move left behind the lady, and put their right hand on their own left shoulder.
right, ending the turn facing the center. Do CBL to finish.
El Uno--Partners go side to side and ladies are in front; everyone
does back rocks. End with arms over- head and then CBL to resume basic.
El Dos--Partners go side to side but guys are in front; everyone
does back rocks. Then ladies move to the guy's left side. She turns turns in
front of him two times while
moving to his right side ("Sombrero turn). Ends with CBL.
Uno y Dos---Starts with El Uno. Before finishing Uno, go into El
Dos. Do the El Dos step in full.
Festival de Enchufla--3 Enchuflas in a row each with a different
partner and no basic step in between.
Festival de Adios--3 Adios steps in a row each with a different
partner and no basic step in between.
Al medio (lean in and lean out) /
Abajo (switch to QQS rhythm; guys alternately forward rock and side rock
while ladies back rock twice)
(Ladies step toward middle of circle; pivot and turn around) / Exhibe
Doble (ladies do two Exhibes) Dile que no (CBL)
This is often added on to other steps at the end to enrich and lengthen them.
Evelyn--Starts like Adios; guy brakes the lady's movement, turns
himself & leads CBL to end step.
Flamenco----Starts like Adios, then guy turns as in Evelyn, then leads
an Exhibe. CBL ends the move. This can also be started with a Vacila
rather than an Adios.
Enchufla Castigula --- Enchufla with a tap the hand (beat 7) and
the forehead (beat 8) & travel to partner. This is a symbolic hit to
"punish" her! (Don't blame me--I didn't make up or name these moves! LOL!)
Principe bueno-- Enchufla with a kiss on the lady's hand on beat 8
before traveling to the next partner.
Siete—Tap, then guy turns the lady out and turns her back to face him.
Siete Doble—Tap and then both leader and follower turn out and
then back to face each other.
Siete con Coca Cola--Do Siete and then lead the lady
in a Coca Cola turn. The guys turn too.
Siete Moderno---Do Siete; then switch which of the lady’s hands
you hold and both partners turn. Guy lifts lady's arm overhead which makes
this look different from Siete con Coca Cola.
Vacila—Tap & guy leads lady to turn on beat one and then
disconnects from her. She turns twice while moving
around to his right side in front of him. Note these are "walking turns" rather
than spins in place. He moves to left as she comes around. Ends by
reconnecting, and guy leads a CBL.
Vacilense los dos---Like Vacila but the guy also turns (once or
twice) while lady turns. He can turn either to his left (preferred) or his
Vacila y dame—Like Vacila but at the end, guys “add” a
by moving to a new partner.
Sombrero---Tap. Hold two hands in a "cross hand hold" which
means the guy's right hand is over his left--and his right holds her right; his
left holds her left. Lead the same turn as Vacila except hands remain
connected. Then the guy’s and lady’s arms come over their
heads. End with CBL.
Medio Sombrero—Tap, then do Sombrero w/ cross hand hold, but holding only one hand:
right to lady's right.
Dedo---Tap; hold one hand in a cross hand-hold. Ladies turn,
coming to guy’s right side. Then step in place for 4 beats. Then do a back-rock
& Enchufla and guy does a rondee as he moves to her other side. Do another back-rock & Enchufla
facing the center. End with CBL.
Montana---Tap; hold two hands in a cross hand-hold. This is the
same footwork as Dedo except that since you are holding two hands, arms are in a
“sombrero position” overhead at the end.
Dedo Extended---Do Dedo & go right into Montana with no basic in
between. Great combination!
Pa' Ti, Pa' Mi—Three Enchuflas in a row with the same partner.
First the girl turns, then he turns and backs to the center, then she turns and
backs to the center. Then both face the center. Ends with CBL.
Dame Arriba---Dame but move clockwise to the “upstream” or
previous partner. To do this, guys need to face that direction on beat 7 before
they start traveling on beat 1. Come to lady’s left side as usual, facing the
center before doing the CBL. This requires fast movement!
Enchufla Arriba—Enchufla, but do Dame arriba (instead of Dame una)
at the end. (See above.)
Sententa Tap step; "straight hand hold" (i.e. guy's right holds
her left and guy's left holds her right). Hammerlock the lady's arm behind her
as she turns to her right. Guy walks around in a circle. By beat 8 he
faces outside the circle and she faces in. They back-rock and then she unwinds.
Ends with CBL.
Candado—Do 2 Enchuflas while holding both hands. One
arm goes over her head. Then guy does a
“Kentucky-like” turn with both arms going over her head. He
marches clockwise around the circle with the lady behind him, holding hands at
the shoulders. Then guys turn 8 beats after Arriba is called. Guys move to next
lady if Taro is called. End with Dile que no (CBL).
Enchufla Con Vuelta or Festival de Enchufla Con Vuelta---Do
Enchufla or Festival de Enchufla, but whenever the guy moves to his next
partner, he turns to the left while traveling.
Adios Con Vuelta or Festival de Adios Con Vuelta—Do
Adios or Festival de Adios, but whenever the guy moves to his next partner, he
turns to the left while traveling.
Festival de Enchufla New York—Do Enchufla, then Enchufla doble
then Pa ti pa mi but cut the latter step short so you can move to a new partner.
Each of these is done w/ a new partner & no basic in between.
Casate—Starts with Enchufla. Bring the lady behind you and
then walk arm in arm. You can do a call to switch the direction of the
walk. End w/ Dile que
Dame Con Las Manos with Turns—Do Dame con Las Manos (see above),
but then turn ladies in & out of circle after Tranca is called. Guys also turn
after Hombres is called, alternating w/ the ladies. Step ends when Enchufla or
Enchufla Doble or Pa ti pa mi. (Or the move can go on with other
Enchufla al medio con dos—Starts with Enchufla; then guys go into
circle and around to the right of their partner. Then guys and gals alternate
stepping into the circle. You can do La Flor where arms are raised when coming
out of circle or 11/22/33 where guys move to right and ladies to left 1(or 2, or
3) times each. You can do cero (0) or ocho (8) where you walk making that figure around
others, & end step with Dile que no.
Con Coca-ColaTurns---A nice step in which both partners turn.
This is similar to doing two CBLs. This step
is often used as an embellishment at the end of other steps. After turning, this
ends with a CBL.
MOVING UP IN COMPLEXITY:
Balsero –Tap step w/ two-handed cross hand-hold. Lady goes in
front of the guy and to his right; then moves behind him to his left side. She
circles around him this way in 8 beats. Then
she comes in front of him, turning like Sombrero to end the step. Guys and gals
change places several times in this step.
Beso—Tap step & two-handed cross hand-hold. Lady goes around to
guy’s right, then behind him to his left. Guy leaves his right arm down as she
comes around and "hammerlocks" himself. He faces her and does an alarde over her head with an “air
kiss” on beat 3 when she is on his left side. Then he turns to unwind.
Ends w/ CBL.
Balsero y Beso-- Tap step w/ two-handed cross hand-hold. Start w/
first 8 beats of Balsero and then do the entire Beso step. This is a very nice
Abrazala--Tap step w/ one-handed cross hand-hold. Starts like Beso
but hold only one hand. Guys do an arm “chop” with the left arm on beat three,
symbolizing a hug since it goes behind the lady’s back. This replaces the “air
kiss” in Beso. This is basically like Beso but holding only one
Cadeneta—Group move that starts w/ Enchufla but man leads with
right hand, then rondees 540 degrees (a turn and a half). He then back-rocks
himself and the lady, and then turns her. She passes him as she moves clockwise
around the circle. He continues to back-rock and turn successive partners while
he moves counter-clockwise around the circle. After the turn he alternately
“breaks” his arm and then hers. (Breaking an arm means putting
it in a hammerlock position.) The step ends 8 beats after Dile que no is
Abanico—Starts like the first 8 beats of Sombrero, but then guy
turns the lady to the right in 4 beats. He turns himself to the right in the
next 4 beats as he moves in a semicircle, coming to the lady’s right side to end
the move. (No CBL to end.)
Sombrero Doble—Starts like Sombrero, then do a CBL to get lady on
the guy’s left. They do a “Sombrero on the other side.” Tap and go back to back.
Lady comes to the guy's right side. Drape overhead, to her shoulder; end w/ CBL.
Dedo Guarapo y Bota—Starts like Dedo and then guy turns and holds
the lady around her waist. They turn around for 8 beats and he moves to the next
Puente—Starts like Enchufla, guys switch so they are leading
w/ their right hand. Make a bridge with just the leader next to you (the circle
is divided into sets of 2 couples for this move). Ladies swing
under the bridge, back and forth. They come through with a turn the second
time they go under. Then guys dame to the lady who was the partner of the
leader they made a bridge with. This step is done in pairs of couples and caller
designates who is paired together. If there are an odd number of couples, the
last 3 couples form a bridge together & dame like a small circle. After the
partner switch, end with CBL and reform the big circle.
Dedo Puente—Start like Dedo but skip the last 8 beats. From there,
go directly into forming a bridge and do the entire Puente step. This make a
wonderful “combination step.”
Pasea—You begin with Enchufla and then lady moves from the man’s
right side to his left going in front of him. Then she moves from his left
side to his right going behind him. End with CBL to resume basic. Arms
always stay down at waist level in this step. This is often also added on
to the end of other steps (like coca cola turns).
Pasea Arriba—Same as Pasea but the guy brings his leading arm up
over his head.
Pasea y Complicate—Start with Pasea and then begin doing Pasea
Arriba. But as lady comes around, you take her other hand and bring her around
so she is facing the guy and off to his right side. Then tap & do back to back
turn, so guy faces out of the circle. He does an alarde over her head. Bring
the lady around into a Sombrero position. End with CBL.
Vacila Entrada—Do Vacila and then guys come in towards the center
and move back to their right, around their partner in 4 beats. Ladies also go in towards
the center and come back to their right, around the right side of their
partner also in 4 beats. Guys “pick up” their original partners.
Ends with CBL.
Siete Loco---Starts like Siete. Ladies turn to their right facing
outside the circle and tap, then guy takes her left hand over her shoulder and
leads her to turn left moving around him. She comes in front of him and does a
back to back turn, ending on his right side. Then there are 2 exhibes and a
drape over his head. Ends with CBL.
Sombrero de Manny—This starts like Sombrero. On the next beat
one, the guy puts his right hand near her waist level on her left side, "asking
for her hand." She gives him her right hand and he turns her around bringing her
in front of him and to his left. Then he brings her behind him going
from his left to his right. Ends w/ CBL.
Sombrero de Regnier---Starts w/ first 8 beats of Sombrero. You do
a "reverse" balsero where ladies move around the guys in front of them from the
guy's right to his left, and behind him from his left to his right. Ends
like Pasea y Complicate.
Dedo por debajo—Start with the first 8 beats of Dedo. Then guy
goes under his own arm in 4 beats and turns the lady in 4 beats. Then finish
the rest of Dedo.
Dedo con de Rumbe--Dedo except on the second 5, 6, and 7, the guy
hops on one foot. Then to get onto the correct foot, he also steps on beat 8.
Then he finishes Dedo.
Balsero Nuevo--Just like balsero but after the first 8 beats, you
backrock the lady on 1, 2, 3 and then do a fast sombrero turn in just 3
beats: 5, 6, 7.
La Confusion--This is Vacila followed by 3 CBLs.
At the end, leads and follows have switched places. The group dances in the
gender reversed position until La Confusion is called again to switch back!
The movements at this level of complexity are so long, they will just be listed
rather than described.
Setenta Complicado with back to back turn
Setenta con Gancho
Siete Loco Complicado
El Sabor (also called "Ponle Sabor")
Three Way Stop
Exhibe con Gancho
Sombrero de Regnier Doble
Setenta Complicado Derecha y al Revers
Conquita con Melao
Setenta Complicado with Back to Back Turn
Abanico Complicado Complicado (not a mistake)
DanceInTime Moves (mostly created by Glen)
La Presa Extended
L.A. de Glen
Below is a syllabus,
organized by levels
Copyright Barbara Bernstein of DanceInTime.com, 2005