Street rueda refers to the easy figures that you may pick up on the street or in a social rueda, as opposed to learning it at a dance school.These are short and fun figures to be used in typically a social rueda, on the street, at a party, and where the dancers might not know the figures already.
double play (baseball term)
Many rueda figures have names from the national sport in Cuba, baseball. This is one of them.
Do the ladies also clap in this figure? The video explains.
last name, and the name of a former social club in Havana
“Echeverria” is a very common rueda figure.
The name is a common last name in Cuba, and may be spelled in various ways, like Hechevarria, Echevarria, etc.
It is also the name of a former social Club in Vedado, Havana, “Echeverria”, which probably gave the name to this rueda figure.
enchufla con rumba
“enchufla” with rumba (rumba is a traditional Cuban dance)
“Enchufla con rumba” is a very common rueda figure. If you are a rueda dancer you probably know the figure, but it may be useful to have a closer look at the Cuban dancers Saul Perez Valdes and Maité Myking showing and explaining the rumba elements (from guaguancó) used in the figure, like vacuna.
fly, linea, rolin
fly ball, straight ball, rolling ball (baseball terms)
These common rueda figures are related to baseball, Cuba’s national sport. The video shows how and explains why. You will also see a few comibnations of these figures, like “festival de fly”, “sho’boun”, “fly .. cogela”, and more.
These figures are also possible to use in closed position.
ni pa’ti ni pa’mi
neither for you nor for me
muffin or sweet bread
In Cuba, panqué refers to sweet bread or muffin, not pancake. How that relates to this classic casino figure, is a different story. If you consider yourself a casino dancer, the panqué should most definitely be included in your repertory, for casino and rueda.
principe bueno, principe malo
good prince, bad prince
This call freezes the movement, preferably with a pose, as if a photographer was present. It is commonly used at the end of a song, but it may also be used inside a song, either to stop to align with people who got lost in the dance. To continue the dance, different commands may be used, depending on the position, for example “se fue”, “dame una”, “una media”, “dile que no”, etc.
It is similar to the less common call “la madre” (freeze as if your mother entered the room), but “foto” has more of a pose.
This call may be used in various situations in rueda de casino.
The Cuban rueda instructor Erodys Castillo Borrero explains how, and the video shows several examples of the use.
Repite is a standard rueda call, used to repeat the previous figure.
The video demonstrates and explains examples of common use.