Casino Reuda is alive and reasonably well in central S.Korea. In the city of Daegu to be more exact.
Yes, I've been having lots of fun attending the Saturday night Casino Rueda Class at Babalu Salsa Club in the downtown (AKA: "Rodeo") area of Daegu. The classes are run by two young ladies, Susie and Melinda. And just recently our class has been integrated with a similar casino rueda class run by a Korean guy (who names escapes me at the moment).
Point is......it's there. And it's getting better every week.
The classes start at 8 pm and go til 10 pm. and are divided up into sometimes beginner, intermediate and advanced. There has been some talk just last week about getting more sophisticated in our certification of proficiency levels but.....that'll take care of itself.
I think it's safe to say that 99.99% of the moves we're doing would be found on DVD 1 or 2 of Salsa Lovers (I always like to use them as a comparison :-) . I think, now that the classes seem to be growing very rapidly, that we'll have a smaller group delving more deeply into more advanced moves.
I've got a bunch of videos and pictures that I just haven't had time to post here. But I will.
One thing possibly of interest to you...if you're thinking about attending. I think I finally found a reasonably priced jimjilbang in that area. That means that if you're coming from out of town to attend the class, you don't have to worry about an inexpensive, safe and clean place to stay.
There's actually at least 4 jimjilbangs in that area but this all of them, except the one that I noticed right next to the train station and finally tried this weekend, either had noise, comfort or distance issues. The one next to the train station is only 6000 KW, is plenty big, it does have a quieter/darker room for those of us don't want to stay up all night bullshitting (like some Koreans seem to like to do), plus it even has blankets if you want'em.
The rueda classes are 10,000 KW and that price includes a drink at the bar (of the club). Sometimes there's a dance at the club on Saturday nights. And sometimes not. There does seem to be a problem with getting good, English language, information about salsa happenings in Daegu. Even though there are at least 3 clubs (that I've been to so far).
If you're interested in finding about more about the casino rueda classes, they also have a Facebook page.. "Salsa For Foreigners in Daegu". It's open to join.
The only thing I'd like to see improved is that a lot of the people who come to the class don't seem to want to hang out much after the class, even if there's a dance afterwards, and do any casino reuda. Yeah....doesn't make much sense does it? But.....I think that's going to improve as the classes get more fun and as we develop a large advanced group.