Estilo Dance Studio is in the Fitness Works at 7th and Reed Streets in South Philly. Don't just read about it, come take classes!
There is an additional rueda instructor at Estilo now: Sebastien. Sebastien has taught rueda in France. He's awesome. French-accented Spanish rueda calls are your best entertainment value.
He threw in some silly variations on the enchufle. Principe bueno
is an enchufle ending with a kiss on the hand as you sweep by to the next girl. Principe malo
ends with a turn away and a stomp. Principe... heckiforget
ends with mussing the girl's hair wildly. DO NOT TRY THIS WITH STRANGERS IN CLUBS IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO TASTE SPIKE HEEL. In a way you won't like.
I worked on the candela, a not-too-fancy move that I've nevertheless had persistent trouble with, and seem to have it down:
Break back and cuddle her in, then push her out again.
On the third repetition, cuddle her in as usual on 1-2-3. On 5-6-7, keep both hands high, and turn left away from her. On 5, bring your right hand to your left shoulder (which is what kept biting me in the ass before). Now on 6-7 you'll settle the left hand to the right shoulder.
Now march in place in the direction you're now facing. When "paribe" (I think) is called, turn left to face your partner again, but keep marching in place.
When "dorito" is called, raise your left arm and walk under it to the next girl.
When "daiquiri" is called, reach over your partner's arm to the arm of the next girl, but don't go anywhere yet! When "zefir" is called, complete the move by raising your arm and passing your current partner under it and behind you, welcoming your new partner in front of you.
When "dile que no" is called, cross-body lead your partner and you're back to normal.
Tags: dance, estilo, philly, rueda, salsa, south philly