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D 170: Intro to Salsa Dance: Home

Resources for researching and creating the Cuban form Casino Rueda.

Text sources

McMains, J. (2015). "Casino dancing in Cuba and Miami: Spaghetti arms, pretzel turns, and ruedas.Spinning mambo into salsa: Caribbean dance in global commerce. Oxford Scholarship Online.

Find some music!

Che's Music Blog by Michael Morozov
‚ÄčA selective guide to Cuban salsa on YouTube.

Structure of a “Salsa” Song
What to listen for in music to find the different sections. 


Wheel of Life (La Rueda de la Vida): History Through the Lens of Cuban Dance

steps : patterns : movements Watch & Dance

A Cuban salsa patterns database with great features:find moves by complexity, by number of bars to complete, and by variations of another move. Create a personal account to save your favorites to come back to!

Rueda de Casino Wiki

A dictionary of rueda's basic moves plus many patterns at three levels of difficulty. Besides the pattern description, most also have a video.


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