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...and a great article on the beginnings of the Rueda "scene" in the Bay by Russell D Hamer

...and a great article on the beginnings of the Rueda "scene" in the Bay by Russell D Hamer

One evening in early May, 1994, I was dancing Casino at the Club Mystique in the Miami Airport Hilton, and suddenly the center of the packed dance floor opened up and a fast Rueda busted out. It was hot. It was fast. It was exciting. (in retrospect, I learned that it was Ramani Nicola's group). That was it - I was hooked! Upon returning to the SF Bay Area, I saw Rueda once again at the SF Carnaval parade. My friends and I begged the leaders of the Rueda dancers - Tomas Montero and David Lenneman , based in LA - to teach us. So we flew them up from LA to do intensive weekend workshops in our homes, and my dancer-friends and I flew to LA for workshops as well. I memorized every move and began teaching small groups in the East Bay (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, CA) that year. I continued to learn from instructors in Miami, in Havana, and Los Angeles and quickly expanded my r...

Full article: http://www.timba.com/blogs/russ-hamer-on-dance

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