About Cuban Salsa
Originally called Casino in its native Cuba, this unique form of salsa was popularized outside of the island in the 1970s. To help distinguish it from other styles of salsa from around the world, it is also referred to as Cuban-style salsa or Salsa Cubana.
La Rueda was developed in La Havana (Cuba) in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. It is also referred to as La Rueda de Casino – which literally means “wheel of casino”. It consists of pairs of dancers forming a circle with dance moves called out by one person, the caller. As part of La Rueda, men move from one partner to another when the word “Dame” is said. It is the signal for male dancer to move to the next female partner in the circle. Many of the moves involve rapidly swapping partners so you need to have mastered the basic salsa steps.