Bookoo Rueda

Dance is a universal language.  It is also an expression of and an integral part of a culture.

To begin to understand the dance, experiencing the culture is key.   We invite you to explore different aspects of Cuban and Louisiana culture, their connections and their expression through dance.

What we Dance

We strive to keep dance spontaneous, fun, an expression of the moment and of who you are. We mostly dance Casino and Rueda de Casino, including other Cuban dances, regional dances, and different Caribbean rhythms.

What is Casino?

Casino is an elegant, yet seductively playful dance.  Some people refer to it as Cuban Salsa.  Others argue that the dance and the music are distinct from Salsa.   The name comes from Cuban dancehalls, called Casinos and it is usually danced to a polyrhythmic style of dance called Timba.

Rueda de Casino?

Rueda de Casino is Casino danced by pairs in a circle where there is a 'cantante' or caller leading the circle. It is a game of call and response, where the cantante calls the moves and the group responds in unison.

It originated in Cuban dancehalls in the 50's and was popularized worldwide in the 80's by a TV show, A Bailar Casino. Present day, there are Rueda de Casino teams and group throughout the world and several large festivals dedicated to Cuban dance, in particular Rueda de Casino.

Where We Dance

We like to take dance out of the studio and into the community.  We host weekly social dance events Uptown and in the French Quarter, are often On The Move dancing at art markets, festivals and in the parks.  We tend toward live music and dancing in random, unexpected places.

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Social Dance Events

Learn, Practice, party!

Join us at weekly, monthly, quarterly and random social dance events.  Meet other dancers, learn something new, let it all loose and just dance.

Check the Calendar for updates.

Dance Out Loud

Our weekly community practica is a chance to come together, relax, and learn to dance through practice.  It is a combination of instruction, guided practice, and open social dance time.   

Sundays 8-10 PM Uptown
FPCNO, 5401 S Claiborne Ave, $5
Entrance is behind the church on Prieur St.

A Bailar!

It's a mid-week Cuban dance party!  Drink, Dine, and Dance at Flambo in the French Quarter.  3 blocks in from Esplanade.  Free parking after 7 PM.  Cuban-inspired menu, drink specials and, of course, dancing!

Wednesdays 8-12 PM French Quarter
Flambo, 1101 Decatur
No Cover, 21+ to drink

La Noche Caliente

Every month we take Cuba to the dance floor at the Ace Hotel New Orleans.  Join us at Three Keys lounge.  Live music with Margie Perez & Muevelo.  No cover! Dance with Bookoo Rueda when the doors open at 9 PM and tear up the dance floor with Muevelo until 2 AM.  See News & Events for the next dates.

Bookoo Rueda Team

Challenge Yourself and Inspire Others

Join the Bookoo Rueda team to learn and refine your technique in Casino and Rueda de Casino, explore Cuban and Caribbean dances and be ready to tear up the dance floor.

Who can join?

You can.  Team members can start at any level.  When you request to join, we will contact you to talk about your goals and ours to see if it is a good fit and when best to start. 

Will I be performing?

Not right away and only if you want to.  Our emphasis is on developing dancers who can keep it spontaneous and in the moment.  We work toward keeping a core team ready for performance level demonstrations at any time. 

As you work up to that level, you will be able to join in on demonstrations, performances, and event bookings or you may choose to just jam with us for fun.


You get all the same perks as community members, plus 4 hours of instruction and practice time each week and additional resources. You can also sign up for individual sessions in the hour prior to practicas as often as you like.

Practice Times

Sun 6-8 PM and Wed 7-9 PM
They intentionally overlap with community Practicas. Additional times may apply if you sign up for a performance or special projects.

Team Dues

General $40/month
Full Time Students $25/month
Volunteer Rate $10 + 10 hrs/month

Ready to join?  Sign Up

Individual & Group Lessons

An Alternative to Traditional Classes
Accelerate your learning, focus on specific goals, and set your own schedule.  
Submit a request for a single session or a series.  We will refine the details, confirm and then get started!


Mon - Sun 10 AM - 9 PM, 
excluding Sun 3:30 - 9 PM and Wed 5 - 9 PM
Availability Varies, 50-minute sessions.


Suggestions will be provided when you submit a request.

Group Lessons

If you want to work on Rueda de Casino or set up a lesson with a small group, pull together the group and submit a request together.


Individual Lessons $20-45 
Group Lessons $10-$25 per person
These are discounted prices offered to Bookoo Rueda members.  For information on membership, click here

Corporate & Private Events

Interested in booking us for a corporate or private event or a class series in your school or community center?  Contact us for information on availability and pricing.

Ready to start?  Contact Us 

(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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