1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Every week, take 2 hrs for yourself and just DANCE!
Community Practicas are free and open to everyone. Come by to take a break from the week. Socialize, connect with other dancers, meet new people, grab a partner and dance, do your own thing or jump in with the group to learn something new.
We are a Cuban dance group, addicted to Cuban music. We play mostly Cuban music: Timba, Reggeaton, Rumba, and Son and break out into local and other Afro-Caribbean beats at times. We dance Casino (a.k.a. Cuban Salsa), Rueda de Casino, Son, and Rumba. Come dance with us!
Sign up for a free Intro Crash Course!
If you are new to social dance or just new to dancing with Bookoo Rueda, Sign up in advance to schedule a free Intro Crash Course or come out for a Bookoo Rueda Bootcamp.
The Intro Crash Course is an introduction to Casino & Rueda de Casino giving you just enough to jump into the practice sessions and continue to learn as you go. They are scheduled on demand from 6-7 PM before the weekly practicas on Sunday or Wednesday. Check the calendar to sign up for one already scheduled or contact us to schedule one.Calendar Contact Us
Bookoo Rueda Bootcamp is a 4 hr workshop taking you through timing and coordination drills, obstacle courses to learn the basics of partnering, tactical manuevers to learn key turns and then bringing it all back together again and challenging what you've learned with teamwork (Rueda de Casino). It is offered every 6-8 weeks. Watch the calendar to sign up for the next Bootcamp.
Practicas are dynamic and fun-paced, teaching timing, introducing you to Cuban music, rhythms and movements individually, in pairs and as a group.
• New Leads learn with less pressure: someone else is calling the the moves
• Focus on the group and having fun: you learn faster when laughingBalance learning technique and practicing: know and learn to do by doing
• Constantly review and learn new: increase your dance "vocabulary"Take up the pace: challenge your timing and get a work out
• Better than Sudoku: keep those neural networks active with complex patterns
• Best friends with your sense of humor: mistakes = new moves
What to bring, What to wear
Bring water and snacks. We often have water available but always best to bring your own. Dress for comfort. We recommend wearing flat shoes.
Practice Session Descriptions
New to Rueda
An introduction to the basic steps, fundamental turns and key concepts of Casino and Rueda de Casino. Having sound technique in the basics prepares you to learn new moves on the fly or adapt to regional variations when dancing with other groups.
Once you've got a good grasp of the basics and can recognize most of the calls in New to Rueda and you are ready to take on more, join our core group of dancers. Dance for fun, exercise and socializing or take it up a level and refine technique, learn more complex moves, practice calling and help us create new ones unique to New Orleans.
The content and class at this level becomes more fluid. We are always reviewing moves to improve technique and introducing or making up new ones. Dancers are encouraged to submit moves they want to work on, even try their hand at teaching them and learning to call.
Dancers can advance to Bookoo Rueda when they have the basic and standard moves down. If you are wondering if you are ready, feel free to ask or set up an individual session to see what you might want to work on before jumping in.
As this is a group dance, one of the key skills to learn is to know when to step in and when to step out based on what you know and the moves being called. There is no firm rule. There is an art to it. Working together as a group allows newer dancers to learn faster and stepping out at times allows more experienced dancers to keep learning.