TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF CASINO RUEDA MOVES
Please note that Rueda groups differ in the timing of their calls, the
moves they do, and how they name and style those moves. For example,
there are even substantially different styles of doing the basic step.
In some basics, partners face each other the entire time and in others
they face the center of the circle part of the time. In the eyes of some
teachers, a tap on beats 4 and 8 is indispensable throughout the basic
and all moves. Others do not teach the tap at all, and some just teach
it in certain places such as entering moves like balsero, beso, etc.
My perspective is that there are many great ways to do Casino Rueda, and
that these differences contribute to the richness of the dance.
The tests below are based on the approach commonly used in the D.C. area,
but that is by no means the only correct way to do the dance. As a
result, some of the questions below may not be applicable to the way
everyone does the dance. But I put this test on the website because I
think it's fun and very thought-provoking, especially the test for
Barb's Test For Beginning Dancers:
- In Salsa music, how many beats are there in a musical phrase (one
complete basic) and which beat gets the most emphasis?
- How many steps does the dancer take in one musical phrase?
- How is the underlying rhythm of the dance commonly described?
- What is the difference for guys and gals in doing the basic step of
one-on-one Salsa versus Casino Rueda?
- Which shoulder faces into the center of the circle for guys in
- What foot do you step onto after a tap on the right foot? What foot
do you step onto after a tap on the left foot?
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Barb's Test For Intermediate Dancers:
- Which type of call gives the dancer the greatest time lag between the
call and doing the move: those that begin with the tap or those that
begin without a tap?
- Name 3 calls where the time lag between the call and the step is so
short that you are calling on beat one and doing the step on beat 5 of
the same 8-beat phrase.
- Which way do leaders turn on vacilense los dos? How many turns does
the leader do?
- How many steps can Rueda dancers gang together? (Ganging steps means
that you do one after another with no basic in between.)
- Name two sets of moves that are essentially the same except that you
hold one hand in one step and both hands in the other step. Why do you
think such similar moves are given different names?
- Can Casino Rueda be danced on 2?
- Name a move that often feels unfinished--like you shouldn't be done
with the move even though you are.
- What are some nice basic/intermediate Rueda moves that can be done as
club moves (one on one) and how do you get into them from the one on one
basic Salsa step?
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Barb's Test for Super Experts!!
This is designed to be extremely challenging, even for the most advanced
dancers. Some questions also depend on whether you have done specific
moves. So please don't expect to know them all regardless of your
- Name another (third) pair of moves in which one move involves holding
one hand and the other involves holding both hands.
- Like any art form, Casino Rueda is evolving. What is the nature of
how it is currently evolving in Cuba?
- Name three moves that alter the timing so that if you were dancing on
1 before the call, you are dancing on 5 after doing that move.
- There is a large common segment in the moves Sombrero de Regnier and
Pasea y Complicate. Name another two moves that shares this same segment.
- In La Cuadra, there is a place early in the move where leaders have
the option of moving the lady straight to the left in front of
themselves, or moving her in an arc that is like an "S" curve. The
latter option is a wonderful, "feel good" movement that is a key piece of
what other Rueda step?
- When you gang together an Exhibe and a Setenta, what alteration in
the moves is needed to make that work?
- Name an advanced move in which an Exhibe is followed by a Setenta.
Also name the move that contains an Exhibe followed by Setenta
- In the move Enroque, there is an unusual maneuver where the guy
switches his hold on the lady. He move his right hand from her shoulder
to her wrist before turning her (while he also turns). In what other
advanced move can this same cool maneuver be found?
- The awkward segment of the move Abanico Complicado can be found in what
other moves? If you have trouble doing this with your partner, what are
some alternative manuvers that keep the same timing and end you in the same
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Twenty Questions On Hispanic Cultural Information
recognition of Hispanic Heritage began with a week-long celebration. Was that
celebration in the:
1940s? 1960s? 1970s? 1980s? (Circle one.)
now celebrate Hispanic Heritage for a full month from mid-September to
__That worked best with the schedule for recognizing other heritages as well.
__Officials of some Latin countries requested that time interval.
__That interval includes the independence day of many Latin countries as well as
“Dia de la Hispanidad” (or “Dia de la Raza”), which was when Columbus first
landed in the Americas.
__The government wanted the holiday to begin a little after children returned to
Which country did not get their independence on 9/15/1821: (Circle one)
Costa Rica Honduras El Salvador Mexico Guatemala
2010 US Census showed what percent of our population is Hispanic? (Circle
13% 16% 20% 24%
Which dance is the National Dance of the Dominican Republic? (Circle one)
Cha Cha Salsa Merengue Bachata
Which of these dances is a Latin Dance? (Circle all that apply)
Foxtrot Waltz Bachata Samba Country-Two-Step Cumbia
7. When did
Salsa music start to evolve? (Circle one)
1880s Early 1900s early 2000s?
8. Who was
called the “King of Mambo?” (Circle one)
Rey Ruiz Tito Puente Michael Jackson Los Van Van
9. Who was called the queen of Salsa? (Circle one)
La India Gloria Estafan Celia Cruz
the late 80s, a softer, more romatic style of Salsa began. Which artist
composed this type of Salsa? (Circle one.)
Tito Nieves Victor Manuelle Gilberto Santa Rosa
11. Merengue dancing began in the (Circle one)
Late 1800s? Early 1900s? Late 1900s?
What country shares an island with the Dominican Republic? (Circle one)
Madagascar Kuwait Haiti
The dance rhythm for Salsa is: (Circle one) quick slow quick slow slow
quick quick quick slow quick quick quick quick
The dance rhythm for Merengue is: (Circle one) quick slow quick slow
slow quick quick quick slow quick quick quick quick
16. Which statement is not true?
15. On which beats of a four beat musical measure do you step in Merengue?
Beats 1, 2, & 3 Beats 2, 3, & 4 Beats 1 and
3 Beats 1, 2, 3, & 4 (all four)
___In Merengue, you sometimes slightly drag one foot.
___ There are different “styles” of Salsa.
___ Cha cha was originally named because of the swishing sound shoes make
against the floor when dancing it.
___Salsa is only popular in Latin countries
17. Which dance is a Latin Folkloric dance? (Circle one) Hasapikos
Salsa Bachata Cumbia
18. Which of these is NOT a name for Salsa dancing that is done by a
group? Salsa Rueda Rueda de Casino
Cuban Salsa Son
19. Which modern day dance most closely resembles Salsa? Mambo Cha
20. If you dance Salsa on 2, that generally means that you:
switch which direction you are moving on beat 2 hit the floor with a
heavier emphasis on beat 2 start the dance pattern on beat 2
2. Many Latin countries gained independence then, and Dia de la Raza occur in
those 4 weeks
6. Bachata, Samba, Cumbia
7. early 1900s
8. Tito Puente
9. Celia Cruz
10. Gilberto Santa Rosa
11. early 1900s
13. quick quick slow
14. quick quick quick quick
15. 1, 2, 3, 4
16. It is not true that: Salsa is only popular in Latin countries.
20. Switch direction on beat 2.