WADF 2016 World Championships
Salsa Rueda de Casino
The 1-2nd September the WADF Executive Secretary, Stuart Saunders and myself had the privilege to be present in Trondheim, Norway to supervise the 2nd WADF World Championships Salsa Rueda de Casino. As last year in Denmark the atmosphere was exciting and lively.
The audience consisted of Rueda people that were attending the Salsa Nor Rueda congress, which have been running for 15 years in different cities mainly around Europe but once as far as in Cuba. Each second year the Congress is organised in Norway and this year it was organised in Trondheim quite far up in the north of Norway but it seems that people don’t mind travel that far. There were people coming all the way from Boston USA and one of the Adjudicators were Liz Robinsson from Alaska. The other 4 judges were all well-known teachers and coaches in the Rueda community and amongst them our friend and member Esteban Isnardi from Uruguay now living in Switzerland.
On the Thursday all teams had to dance to organiser’s music an improvised Rueda where the caller did improvise different Rueda figures. All Rueda figures have Spanish names and are all named by the founder of the Salsa Nor Reidun Svabö and now are those names used all over the Rueda world, even in Cube where the dance was originated.
On the Friday all teams were dancing to their own music a Rueda Show where the judges was expecting to see a spectacular show but still remaining within the frame of a Rueda where the teams changed partners mixed with clever moves and tricks.
The Spanish team from Barcelona that came second last year in Denmark Tim Manana took the lead already the first evening with the improvised Rueda. Runners up the first evening were Team Aqua from Stockholm, Sweden and with the Spanish team from Tenerife, Orbital on third place very close after. The Final evening all judges gave all first placing to Tim Manana for a fabulous Show so they were an outstanding 2016 World Champion. The Aqua team from Sweden did a fantastic Latin show but with less Rueda partner work instead using more Solo work. The Spanish Orbital team did a more classic Rueda Show that was rewarded the second place behind Tim Manana. When adding the marks from both days the Orbital team did pass the Swedish Aqua team and became runners up in 2nd place with Aqua close behind on third place. 4th were the Goza team from Trondheim and 5th were the Oslo team Ruedaglede.
We are already looking forward to next year's Rueda Championships and hope that there will be many more teams enjoying the extremely nice and friendly atmosphere at the Salsa Nor congress.