Following are the rules for the 2022 WADF Rueda de casino World championship.
Updated 14.01.2022.


The WADF Rueda de Casino World Championship has one category:

– Rueda de Casino 4-8 couples.

If a sufficient number of teams sign up and the number of couples allows, the teams will be divided into more categories (small rueda / large rueda) and the categories may be extended to include Rueda de Casino with 3 couples. If this occurs, it will be announced immediately, and enrolled team contacts will be notified by email.

Competition format

Each team consists of couples dancing together in a circle.

One person can only dance for one team. All ages can participate in the same team.

Other structures than a circle may be used during the dance, although never exceed 30 % of dancing time.

The competition has two parts. All teams will dance both part 1 and part 2. In part 1 all the teams will dance improvised rueda de casino, and in Part 2 the teams will danse a prepared choreography. Elements from the improvised dance in the first part should not be easily recognized as the same content as prepared for the second part.

Part 1

This will be an improvised rueda de casino with calling of commands.

Elements of choreography will have a negative impact on the judging in this part.

1-2 teams may perform at the same time depending on the number of teams competing.

Part 2

This will be a chance for each team to show their rueda choreography.

Elements of choreography will not have negative impact on the judging in this dance.

Each team will perform alone.


If there are lessthan 8 temas participating the judges will announce the winners directly after part two.

If there are 8 teams or more participating the judges will announce 3 teams that will qualify for a final.

If there are 10 teams or more participating the judges will announce 5 teams that will qualify for the final.

In the final the teams will dance their choreography agin before a winner is announced.


The music will be handled differently in the first part and in the second part of the competition.

First part:

For the improvised dance in the first round the organizer will provide the music.

The songs will have approximately the same beat per minute ( 180-200 beats), same length (will fade out after 2.25-2.35 minute) and level of difficulty.

The music will not be announced before the championship, which means that the teams will not know the music they will be dancing to before the first part of the competition begins.

Second part:

For the second part the teams can choose their own music. Selected music must be between 2:50 and 3:10 minutes. Typical Salsa/Timba music should be used. There are no restrictions regarding tempo of the music.

The teams must send the pre-recorded music they want to use for the second part electronically to the organizers e-mail,, no later than two weeks before the event.

Costumes and props

The teams can choose their own costumes. The teams must wear the same costumes in both part 1 and part 2 of the competition.

Small props such as gloves, hats, canes etc. can be used. The teams can choose if they want to use props for one or both rounds.


The teams will be judged for artistic merit and for technical merit.

Examples of what the judges will reward:

  • good coordination between the team members,
  • musicality
  • rhythm and breaks
  • how the team uses the floor available
  • whether the team keeps the formation in good order with clear and even distance between the team members
  • creative figures
  • partner changes
  • choreography

Lifts and acrobatics are allowed but should not dominate the performance and will only enhance the judges’ score if danced in harmony with the music and performed with good control.

The impact of each team member’s technique is important, but the teams will be judged as a whole.

Subject to adjustments