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Salsa rueda is a style of salsa dancing which originated in Cuba, where couples form a big circle and execute turn patterns in unison to the calls of a single leader.
Salsa rueda originated in Cuba, and the basic steps are similar to Cuban style salsa. However, instead of each couple dancing individually, couples dancing rueda form a circle (“rueda” means “round” or “wheel” in Spanish) and perform moves together to the calls (and often hand signals) of one person known as the “líder” or “cantante”.
There is a standard set of salsa rueda moves that most rueda dancers know, but different groups and regions have come up with their own set of moves. There is a strong communal aspect to salsa rueda, as all the dancers have to work together to execute the complex patterns and partner switches. There is a performance aspect to salsa rueda as well, with numerous salsa rueda festivals held around the country featuring dance troupes performing complex rueda choreography.
Where to dance Salsa Rueda
There are a number of salsa rueda groups throughout the Bay Area, most notably in San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Cruz. San Francisco is also the home of the annual SF Salsa Rueda Festival, which one of the largest rueda events in the world, bringing together hundreds of dancers and instructors from around the world.