Congratulations, to the dancers in the regular crowd at Tuesday’s Rueda de Casino at Babaluu. The dancers managed to win at the “Salsa Rueda contest”.
Surprise prize: dance a rueda at the Pupy Pedroso show in October! Yours truly, was a temporary member of that group.
… Or rather… I should say, it was a tie. A group did show up to do some Salsa Rueda.
“Wait a minute… Salsa Rueda” ?? you may ask?
That is what it said on the poster … no mention of the usual “Casino”, that has been filling the place every week.
“Salsa Rueda” is being used by US LA-style schools and congresses who think the time is ripe to market a new product… based on Cuban Rueda de Casino, adapted for the US market.
Relative to Cuban style, the dancing looked a bit hyper… heavy on stomping and clapping, light on finesse. I guess it’s better that they call it a new name “Salsa Rueda”, after all we’d be less happy if they called it “Rueda de Casino” wouldn’t we ;-).
So now, at Pupy’s concert in October… there will be two ruedas performing… a “Salsa Rueda”, and a “Rueda de Casino”. If you want someone to point out Pupy to you, better ask one of the latter folks… 😉
(Admin B at CubaInToronto)