Torno means lathe, a machine to make figures and patterns from various materials.
In rueda torno you turn the orientation of the couples all the time. These turns can be a quarter turn (90 degrees) or a half turn (180 degrees). The orientation pa’dentro (= regular rueda de casino, open position) and pa’fuera (= rueda por fuera) are quite common, but rueda torno also introduces two new orientations: foco (focus) and luminoso (luminous). In the two new orientations (foco and luminoso) the couples are oriented on lines from the centre of the circle, similar to spokes on a wheel (spokes = radios in Spanish).
The 4 orientations of rueda torno: pa’dentro – pa’fuera – foco – luminoso
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video #1: The basics of rueda torno
In this video you will learn the basics of rueda torno. Video of rueda torno is accompanied by illustrations to help understanding.
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video #2: Demonstration of rueda torno
In this video you will see a full song of basic rueda torno, mostly open position, but also a sequence with closed position. The first half is full screen showing the rueda from above, and the second part is a divided screen showing from above and from the siden at the same time.
video #3: The origin of rueda torno
Rueda torno was invented in 2014 by a rueda instuctor from Denmark. In this video he tells how he came up with the idea, and it shows a few small glimpses from the first workshops of rueda torno at the SalsaNor Rueda Congress.
Preview of the 3 rueda torno videos:
Rueda torno workshop
Video from the first rueda torno workshop at the SalsaNor Rueda Congress, held in 2016 in Trondheim by Jaroslav Hluch. In this workshop Jaro is also expanding the rueda torno idea using elements from rueda caleidescopia, where rueda torno is combined with rueda llanta and rueda mixta. Video by Marit K. Amundsen.
Commands to change the orientation.
The numbers correspond to the arrows in the illustration.
- Quarter turn counterclockwise:
- enchufla torno
- Quarter turn clockwise:
- / 4. Half turn:
- enchufla flip
- cambio la direccion
- Between pa’dentro and pa’fuera:
- adentro / por fuera
- Between the two spokes positions:
any regular partner change will change the orientation, for example:
- dame una
- la prima
a normal partner change (abajo) in one of the spokes orientations (foco and luminoso) is always made to the side where the couple is “open”. Partner changes p’arriba and the figure dame directo are made to the “closed” side.