Turns / Moves

Turns and moves are unique to each dancer, and individual to each region. The same turn can be called something different in another region, or quite different turn patterns may be called by the same name. Confusing? Maybe. Ultimately turns are collected, forgotten, re-invented, spliced, improvised, enjoyed and admired.

For students at various levels, set turn patterns can help de-mystify the crazy mess of feet, hips, arms, hands and allow easy ways of remembering turns and learning new ones.

Basic skills

  1. forwards and back
  2. together and side
  3. opening out
  4. salsa turn (enchufla)
  5. spot turn (exhibela)
  6. hook turn
  7. cuban open (guapea)
  8. dile que no
  9. dile que si / dile que si with salsa turn / dile que si swivel turn
  10. dile que no with left hand turn.

Named moves

  1. setenta
  2. sombrero

** below indicates turns that can be use for couple dancing as well as rueda moves.

Rueda Basics

  1. saccar el agua al posso
  2. a fuera y al dentro **
  3. ariba / abajo
  4. guapea **
  5. dame / dame otra
  6. exhibela **
  7. enchufla / enchufla doble
  8. dame con la mano
  9. dame pa’tras
  10. sombrero  **
  11. vacilala **
  12. coca-cola
  13. vamos al medio
  14. la rosa
  15. prima / prima doble / prima con hermana / prima con hermana doble / prima con la familia **
  16. una foto

Rueda Intermediate

  1. dame dos / dos con dos / dame una par abajo
  2. tumba francesa
  3. prima con taro
  4. enchufla con todos
  5. kentucky **
  6. sombrero doble **
  7. la rosa loca
  8. setenta / setenta complicado / setenta con setenta **
  9. siete moderna
  10. pancake (panque/siete)

Rueda Advanced

  1. Pulpo
  2. Algodon
  3. la cruz
  4. baseball
  5. borracho **
  6. aspirina – la puente
  7. media prima
  8. paseala uno
  9. estrella doble