In 2015, Sassan Ito of Berlin created a new way to call Ruedas:

TOC = Transition Oriented Calling

Instead of calling one figure after another, Sassan advocates

NOT calling the figures themselves but rather,

calling the TRANSITIONS between elements that make up a figure.

In 2015, Sassan Ito of Berlin created his innovative way to call a Rueda: focus not on the figure but rather on the transition between the elements of the figure


TOC allows the dancers to break free from the requirement of memorization of long couple figures (ie., Juana la Cubana), memorization of multi-step group figures (ie., Expresso), and memorization of partner-changing “fiesta” combinations (ie. Fiesta Sombrero).


Instead, they must know how to execute immediately a shorter list of the elements of figures that the cantante calls every measure (or even half-measure).

This implies, however that a TOC cantante prepares extensively for what s(he) wants to call … the sequences with elements that the dancers will find accessible, entertaining, and perhaps a bit challenging at the same time.


TOC requires that dancers be in the correct position in order to complete figures “on time” especially when changing partners. For example, leaders are inside the circle on 7 between their former partner and their next partner).


TOC elements incorporate basic Casino vocabulary (ie., Rodeo) and typical Casino couple walking movement (ie., Saloneo, Enrosca).


TOC mandates strict adherence to Casino dance technique (ie., “step forward, forward, forward … never back”) to insure efficient movement.


DOF = Development of Figures

Cantantes who adopt TOC assert that a sequence of elements does not have just one “correct” way to be executed. Instead, they look for new, interesting ways to enter and exit by calling different elements of figures.


Cantantes who embrace TOC also look for ways to surprise dancers by combining elements they already know in new, unexpected ways.


DOF doesn’t look back to the way Rueda has “always” been danced but rather looks forward to the ways it might be danced in new and interesting ways.