Bookoo Rueda

2014 The Beginning

In February 2014, we started talking about using Rueda de Casino as a means to welcome new dancers into the community.  Brainstorming started and it all kicked into action in June in response to a dare.  Mike Eskeldson of Rumbanana dared us to start something in New Orleans and make it a destination for Cuban dance.  

We pulled together a group of instructors and experienced dancers to develop a base, hosted a workshop on Zydeco & Rueda de Casino and then started open practicas in September, 2014.  In November, we incorporated at a non-profit.

SALSAtlanta 10.4

June 27, 2014 Co-founders Kevin Braxton and Chaille Mount traveled to Atlanta for the 3 day festival, Connecting New Orleans to the larger national Cuban dance network.  Reconnecting with dance family and accepting a challenge to make something happen in New Orleans.

Building a Base

July 2014  With the support of Liquid Rhythm Inc, we started building a base with instructors and experienced dancers in the Salsa dance community.


Practicas Begin

September 2014 We opened up practicas and relying almost completely on word of mouth, avid supporters Mario Pineda and Annaliza as well as others filled the studio with new dancers week after week.  Many of those new dancers have now become mainstays as Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Casino dancers.

Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival - Houston, TX

September 21, 2014  Roadtrip!  Bookoo Rueda hit the road and joined Rueda Houston and other dancers from Texas for dancing in the street.  Great music. Great company.  And fabulous food!


Que Pasa Fest!

October 10, 2014  Best spot at the festival!  Volunteering at the annexed beer tent.  Bookoo Rueda kicked in to support Cervantes by providing volunteer to help serve beer a the festival and it was a win for everyone!  

@Dragon's Den

Starting with the Zydeco & Casino Workshop in August, Bookoo Rueda began looking for ways to support established local venues, DJ's and bands by adding their gigs to the itinerary for workshop and festival weekends. Instead of booking separate, isolated events, we wanted to incorporate as much as possible of the city itself.

Fall of 2014 we started teaching monthly Cuban dance lessons at Dragon's Den, encouraging dancers to take what they were learning out to the club.

Bookoo Rueda Party at Casa Borrega

Monster Ball

October 2014  Honorary sponsors of the Zumba Monster Ball along with Aurelio Gonzales, Salsa and More.   

Mayhem with Mike

December 2014 Una Bulla! Bookoo Rueda hosts Mike Eskeldson, director of Rumbanana in a series of Casino & Rueda de Casino workshops open to the community.

(504) 621-0746
New Orleans, Louisiana

Bookoo Rueda was founded in 2014 on a dare.  That dare became a mission.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization connecting people, communities, and cultures through dance.  We take dance out of the studio and into the community.

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