Syllabus & Moves List

Below you can find the syllabi for each level:

  1. Basic Level
  2. Advanced Beginner Level
  3. Intermediate Level

LESSON PHILOSOPHY

Unlike traditional, linearly progressing courses, our courses are modular so that you can start, stop, and return at any point — while coming to all the lessons is certainly the quickest, most robust way to learn, we understand you may have to miss certain weeks and we want to ensure that you can jump back in successfully.

BASIC LEVEL

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The Basic level is designed for students with no prior experience in Casino and/or Rueda. Even those with experience in Salsa should start at the basic level. The level is furthermore designed for beginners to repeat the level at least 3 times, while allowing those with no prior experience to join at any time. 

MODULE # 1 2 3
Move 0 Guapea basic (different from salsa basic)
Move 1 Fly/Mátala/Bulla (and timing of move calling)
Move 2 Dame Directo, Open-hold Dame (the default, just called “Dame”)
Rotating Moves Enchufla walk,
Enchufla move
Adios “Dame” Tiempo España
(tarros, vueltas, montuno)
Other moves you may learn or hear Dame de mentira, rumbea a tu vecina, mátala con dos pies, raid, secreto, chisme, ping pong (triple, con palmas), fly triple, fly nuevo (=guitarra), fly de mentira, fly perdido, bulla hombres/mujeres, bulla sexy/fuerte/suave/como Célia, rumbea tu vecina, desliza, un aire, echeverría, and more!

ADVANCED BEGINNER LEVEL

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The Advanced Beginner level is designed for those with some basic experience in Casino and Rueda. It requires comfort with the Guapea basic and the open-hold Dame; as well as some understanding of the rotating moves in the Basic level above: Enchufla, Adios, Tiempo España.

1) DAME MODULE
Prerequisite move(s)
: Dame & Dame Directo
Core Moves:

  • Dame Dos
  • Pa’rriba
  • Espresso
  • Enchufla Arriba

Optional other moves: Pásala con las manos, Dame con sabor, Dame ya tu sabes, Enchufla Arriba Dos con Mambo

 

2) ENCHUFLA MODULE
Prerequisite move(s)
: Enchufla (en.)
Core Moves:

  • Enchufla y quédate
  • Pa Ti Pa Mi
  • Enchufla Complicado
  • Festival de Pelotas (en. pelota, en. pelota doble, en. pelota loca)

Optional other moves: Festival de enchuflas (en., en. doble, en. complicado), Festival de enchuflas y pelotas

 

3) CUBANITOS MODULE
Prerequisite move(s): Enchufla (en.)
Core Moves:

  • El Uno
  • Kentucky
  • El Dos
  • Cubanito/a formation (con palmas)

Optional other moves: Candado, Manolin con palmas

 

4) ADIOS MODULE
Prerequisite move(s): Adios (ad.), also known as Prima
Core Moves:

  • Adios largo
  • Adios con la hermana (y quédate)
  • Adios con toda la familia
  • Evelyn

Optional other moves: Festival de adios, Adios con caguas
 

5) VACÍLALA MODULE
Prerequisite move(s): Enchufla & Tiempo España
Core Moves:

  • Vacílala (y una)
  • Vacílense los dos (y una)
  • Sombrero medio (same as Vacílala with right-to-right
  • Sombrero

Optional other moves: Sombrero con mambo (dando vueltas), Siete, Dile que si a tiempo españa

 

6) EXHÍBELA MODULE
Prerequisite move(s): Enchufla & Tiempo España
Core Moves:

  • Exhíbela (from dame, from Tiempo España)
  • Flamenco
  • Aguajea (from Tiempo España)
  • Enchufla preciosa

Optional other moves: Tarro from Aguajeas, Dile que no y díselo, Exhíbela saboreado

 

7) CERO MODULE
Prerequisite move(s): Enchufla
Core Moves:

  • Enchufla cero
  • Alrededor (also known as Cero)
  • Dame no le llegues
  • Enchufla ocho

Optional other moves: Enchufla cero con vueltas (y menea), Dame ya tu sabes

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

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The Intermediate level is designed for those with significant comfort with Casino and Rueda, but with a limited vocabulary in terms of move and formation repertoire. It requires a strong handle on the basic techniques and comfort with the majority of the moves in the Advanced Beginner level. Because of the nature of our lessons (with rotating modules), you may feel you are at the Intermediate Level before you’ve completed all Advanced Beginner lessons. If you have already done that day’s Adv Beg lesson, and have completed the majority of the Adv Beg modules—including the prerequisite module for that day’s lesson—you can ask the intermediate circle instructor about joining that day’s intermediate lesson.

1) SETENTA & DEDO MODULE
Prerequisite module(s)Vacílala Module (Adv Beg #5)
Core Moves
:

  • Setenta (Miami & Cubano)
  • Setenta y uno
  • Dedo
  • Montaña

Optional other movesDedo saboreado, Setenta y dos con giros, Setenta complicado

 

2) ENCHUFLA PA’L MEDIO MODULE
Prerequisite module(s)Cero Module (Adv Beg #7)
Core Moves
:

  • Enchufla pa’l medio con dos (all following moves done in this formation)
  • Lideres/Seguidoras Izquierda/Derecha
  • Exhíbela
  • Flamenco (**Different than other Flamenco move in Adv Beg #6**)
  • Veinte y Dos

Optional other movesCero, Ocho

 

3) GROUP MOVES MODULE PART
Prerequisite module(s)Vacílala Module (Adv Beg #5)
Core Moves
:

  • Camínala (con palmas)
  • Enchufla Tumba Francesa
  • Adios ponle caguas (y tu también)
  • Enchufla patines de los líderes
  • Enchufla patineta (de las seguidoras)

Optional other movesTranca, tren, masaje, camínala cachán

 

4) SIETE & COCA COLA MODULE
Prerequisite module(s): Dame & Vacílala Modules (Adv Beg #1, 5)
Core Moves
:

  • Siete
  • Dame Coca Cola
  • Siete Coca Cola
  • Panqueque (siete y una con una)

Optional other movesFestival de panqueques, siete moderno, siete loco

 

5) BESO MODULE
Prerequisite module(s):  Vacílala & Exhíbela Modules (Adv Beg #5, 6)
Core Moves
:

  • Abrázala
  • Beso
  • Beso Doble
  • Kentucky Complicado

Optional other movesKentucky Complicado

 

5) ADVANCED SOMBRERO MODULE
Prerequisite module(s):  Vacílala, Exhíbela, and Cubanitos Modules (Adv Beg #3, 5, 6)
Core Moves
:

  • Sombrero Doble
  • Juana La Cubana
  • Balsero
  • Abanico

Optional other movesOchenta y ocho, club taco

 

6) PA’FUERA MODULE
Prerequisite module(s): Dame and Exhíbela Modules (Adv Beg #1, 6)
Core Moves
:

  • Exhíbela pa’fuera / pa’dentro
  • Enchufla pa’fuera / pa’dentro
  • In pa’fuera: Dame, Adios (con la hermana), Enchufla, Dame Dos

Optional other movesMixta formation (en. flip, en. guapea, en. mixta)

 

7) PEQUEÑAS MODULE
Prerequisite module(s): Dame Module (Adv Beg #1)
Core Moves
:

  • Dame dos in a 2-couple and/or 3-couple Rueda Pequeña
  • Puente
  • Amistad
  • Jardín

Optional other movesPuente al reves, Dame Dos con Cuba, Carrusel

 

8) CRUZADA MODULE
Prerequisite module(s): Dame & Vacílala Modules (Adv Beg #1, 5)
Core Moves
:

  • Enchufla la Playa (also known as Enchufla Par Impar)
    • Enchufla, Adios, etc in La Playa formation
  • Cruzada on 5
    • Chequendengue, Sombrero con tres saltitos
    • Enchufla, Adios, etc in Cruzada formation

Optional other moves(in either cruzada formation) Pelota Loca, Festival de Pelotas, Patines, Patineta