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Next Practice:  We meet every Sunday, 4:30-6:30 at SalsaNSeattle, 1200 Stewart St. If you are new, please consider taking rueda de casino classes at SalsaNSeattle before or concurrent with joining the Sunday practice. If you need a refresher, please arrive at 4:30. Remember, rueda de casino calls may be different in different places, but that's all part of the fun. See the Sunday Practice FAQ.


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Seattle Rueda Call List

Posted by on 20 Dec 2014 | Tagged as: Instruction

Hola Amigos,

Since I started learning Rueda de Casino with the Seattle Rueda group in July, I have started documenting all the rueda moves I have learnt with proper description. I thought of posting a PDF document containing the rueda calls on the blog, so that anyone who wants to review a move in future can have access to it. As time passes I am planning to keep updating the document once in a month with new moves.

I have uploaded the document on the Sunday Practice & FAQ page as Seattle Rueda Call List. Please have a look and let me know if you aren’t able to access any links that have been provided in the document. Your comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :-)

An end to the US embargo of Cuba?

Posted by on 17 Dec 2014 | Tagged as: Cuba, Kick Me !! (the poster)

Major changes to the US relationship with Cuba were announced today. There’s lots of news on the Internet right now. Here are two initial reports:

Fiesta Cubana – Tonight Dec 6th

Posted by on 06 Dec 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Social

We are dancing again tonight and Dec 27th.

Where: SalsaNSeattle – 1200 Stewart St.

When: 9:30pm -1:30am

Cover: $10  – Free class at 9:30

Here is a new song by Ruben Paz to warm up to

Yes there is Sunday practice on 11/30

Posted by on 25 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: Practice

We will be at SalsaNSeattle from 4:30 to 6:30 as usual on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Dance off the pie and stuffing.

We’ll stick to our new (old) structure, which is that we’ll have a circle with basic calling from 4:30-5:30. If we have enough people we’ll have two circles. Then at 5:30 we’ll switch to advanced calling. Folks working on basics can continue to practice casino or call their own rueda (we’ll show you how!). Advanced dancers: the second hour is for you!

Fiesta Cubana – Sat 11/14 – 9:30pm

Posted by on 14 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music, Social

Andre and I will be playing music for our dancing pleasure.

Where: SalsaNSeattle – 1200 Stewart St.

When: 9:30pm -1:30am

Cover: $10

Enjoy this HdP video:

Saturday Nov 8 workshops — dinner & parking

Posted by on 02 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction

Two things to make the workshops & dance easier and even more fun:

1) Dinner: There’s a 1.75 hr break, which is just the right amount of time. So stay and have dinner in Belltown. If you’d like to be part of a group dinner, please let me know as soon as possible. It will likely be sushi or Thai, though I’m open to suggestions. If I have a head-count by Wednesday I can make a reservation. or Facebook message.

2) Parking: There is 4-hour street parking at the northeastern fringe of Belltown. Look for the signs. Generally on 5th & 6th and north of Battery, though don’t quote me. Also, there’s an app that allows you to re-up your street parking–it’s called Pay by Phone. Load it and set it up beforehand.

Cambalache at Club Sur, Fri Oct 31

Posted by on 27 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Seattle’s biggest salsa band is returning to Club SUR for a hot night of salsa dancing with the added option of a pre-show dinner catered by Cafe Con Leche. Doors open for dinner at 8pm when you will be welcomed by the scent of your favorite Latin dishes: flaky empanadas, traditional roast pork entrees, and refreshing mojitos. After dinner, dance lesson at 9:30pm by Gustavo “El General”, followed by DJ and Cambalache.
Reservations required for dinner. To reserve a table please or call Cafe Con Leche at 206-682 7557 during business hours. After Hours Call (206) 280-5841
Cover $15
21 and Over with ID

Clave Gringa, SWOJO Plays an Ann Reynolds’ Song

Posted by on 27 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Here are two announcements from Ann Reynolds, who just released a terrific album, Para Cuba Con Amor.
Tuesday Nov 4 - part of the Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) with special guest Grace Kelly plays at the Triple Door.
SWOJO will be featuring compositions by women that night (including my own composition, No Necesito un Nombre, and the winning compositions from our 2nd Annual Women Composers competition).
Grace Kelly is an amazing alto, soprano sax player and singer. She is also terrific fun to watch – a 22 year old petite bundle of energy on the stage. The performance will begin at 8 PM (although the Triple Door site says 7:30 PM).
Come to this swank music club to celebrate women in music
Thursday Nov 13 – Clave Gringa plays at the Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum. 5:30-7:30 PM; free.
This is a wonderful honor to be asked to play a concert in this series. Come by after work; come downtown at the end of your day and enjoy original Cuban Jazz. For this concert, Kiki Valera will be on cuatro, Daniel Barry on trumpet, Pedro Vargas on timbales, Steve Smith on bongo and congas, Dean Schmidt on bass, and myself on piano. A wonderful warm way to finish your day – come by after work.


Casino Workshop and Social w/ RNW at Bell Town, Sat. Nov 8

Posted by on 25 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

Casino seattle Nov2014

Hola Seattle!
Rumba Northwest instructors Antonio Diaz & Heather Haugland are back for a second workshop — plus a casino social! Join us on Nov. 8th to enjoy your favorite and the latest music from the island that makes the world dance…

4-5:15pm CASINO MUSICALITY – Building on our last workshop, learn to recognize the different components of “timba” songs and how to make your moves and body motion reflect the music. Learn how to use Folklore, Rumba, Reggaeton and more to spice up your casino. Get ready for LA BOMBA!

5:30pm-6:45pm RUEDA WITH RUMBA NW – More of our favorite rueda moves, plus exercises and games to improve your leading and following technique — good for casino too!
Both classes appropriate for intermediate and advanced casineros.

8:30-11:30pm BLACK-AND-WHITE CASINO SOCIAL with DJ ANTONIO – Come enjoy the latest music direct from Cuba (timba, son, rumba, reggaeton & more), practice your workshop moves, and enjoy rueda! Let’s kick it off with a 30-minute rueda marathon. Dress in black and/or white and look fabulous on the dance floor. Una bulla!

$15 per class, $25 for both if you register by Nov. 1st
or $18 per class, $30 both if you register the week of the workshop.
Dance: 8:30pm-11:30pm
$10 cover or ($7 workshop students)

Dj: Antonio Diaz
Donation bar w/21-ID

Belltown Dance Studio
2217 3rd Ave Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98121
Facebook event here:

Seattle Rueda dances to Ann Reynolds/Clave Gringa “Songo Borracho”

Posted by on 22 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Music


Betsy, Andre, Ofer, Diane, Marie Claudia, Israel, Curtis, Chanya, Susan, Stephanie – Thanks for making this happen. Seattle Rueda rocks! Andre Mueller choreography. Songo Borracho is available on the CD Para Cuba Con Amor. There are many great dance tunes on this CD (even though it may be classified as “Cuban jazz”) – Ann (Ann-ita) Reynolds

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