Frequently Asked Questions
What is Rueda de Casino?
Rueda de Casino is a form of Cuban-style salsa dancing. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller (or ‘Líder’ or ‘cantante’). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues, where spoken calls might not be easily heard. Many of the moves involve the swapping of partners… you can think of it as Latin-style square-dancing!
Read a detailed explanation of the history of Rueda de Casino here: http://tucsonsalsa.com/node/345
How much does it cost?
$35 for non-students and $25 for UA students members *. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card within the first two weeks of the semester in person.
* Student Members: Any current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Arizona or Pima Community College shall be classified as Student Members.
How do I sign up?
Just show up in the first two weeks of class! There’s no formal sign-up or registration.
Do I need a partner to join any of the classes?
No! Everyone in the class will end up being your partner. This is a great way to meet people and learn salsa in a fun, casual environment! 🙂
What if I’m unsure about joining?
We always have demo circles on the first day to show you what you’ll be able to do by the end of the semester, but you still have until the second week of classes to pay for membership, so come check it out first!
What do I need to wear to class?
Something you feel comfortable and able to move in. We highly recommend closed-toed shoes so that you keep all your toes intact! At the very least, wear shoes that stay on your feet… no flip-flops or slip-ons!
What else should I bring to class?
You can always bring your class syllabus, so you can review, but more importantly…. since we’ll be practicing outside, we recommend bringing a water bottle. There are water fountains for you to fill it up before or after class and during the break. As you know, Tucson gets purdy darn hot… so stay hydrated!
What will I learn in class?
Your lovely teachers and membership coordinators will have copies of the moves (aka “syllabus”) on hand for you to take home. Or, you can view a list of the casino combinations taught at the club here: ritmoslatinos.org/rueda-de-casino. (Just a heads up, this is neither an updated nor comprehensive list. The one available in class is the most accurate one.)
How do I get email updates?
During the first couple weeks of class, there will be an email signup sheet. Make sure to write your name and email on there to get updates on Ritmos Latinos events, your class announcements, information about extra practices and any salsa-related news.
I don’t want email updates anymore; what do I do?
If you find yourself getting emails you don’t want, just reply to the email and let us know!
Do you issue refunds?
Yes and no. We can only issue a refund for cash or check payments within the first 2 weeks of class. Payments made online are non-refundable, but we can defer the payment to another semester up to a year later. We apologize for the inconvenience.
I have another question that is not addressed in the FAQs, whom do I contact?
You can ask one of your class MCs or contact the Club President, Martin Formanek at firstname.lastname@example.org