RUEDA CON RITMO

Founded in San Francisco in 2007, Rueda Con Ritmo is a community of Cuban Salsa dancers offering classes, events, and performances throughout the Bay Area and beyond. We strive to create a warm and inclusive atmosphere that welcomes dancers of all levels, from all backgrounds, and of all ages. We believe that everyone can learn to dance and it is our goal for each person who attends our classes to improve their dancing while having fun and making friends.

Sidney Weaverling is co-director and co-founder of Rueda Con Ritmo. She first studied dance as a teenager, and after several trips to Cuba she began teaching Salsa and Rueda in 1999. She is a longtime contributor to the currently thriving Cuban Salsa scene in the SF Bay Area, and has taught and performed across the United States and internationally. As a former student of theater and film, Sidney is a talented director with a keen aesthetic vision. A natural dancer and a thorough teacher, Sidney not only has a beautiful and fluid style of movement - she has the teaching experience and attention to detail that enable her to effectively and efficiently transform and inspire dancers at any level.

Sidney Weaverling is co-director and co-founder of Rueda Con Ritmo. She first studied dance as a teenager, and after several trips to Cuba she began teaching Salsa and Rueda in 1999. She is a longtime contributor to the currently thriving Cuban Salsa scene in the SF Bay Area, and has taught and performed across the United States and internationally. As a former student of theater and film, Sidney is a talented director with a keen aesthetic vision. A natural dancer and a thorough teacher, Sidney not only has a beautiful and fluid style of movement - she has the teaching experience and attention to detail that enable her to effectively and efficiently transform and inspire dancers at any level.

Ryan Mead is co-director and co-founder of Rueda Con Ritmo. Ryan has been teaching Cuban Salsa since 2005, and to date he has taught and performed across the United States, and internationally in Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand. Besides being a dancer, Ryan is also a percussionist (he began playing at age 8) - he is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory and has taken several trips to Cuba to study both dance and music (once from a grant from Stanford). As both dancer and musician, Ryan is uniquely positioned to illuminate the inextricable connection between dance and music. Aside from his creativity as a choreographer, he is perhaps best known by lovers of Cuban dance and music for innovating a vocabulary of rhythmic calls and steps to aid dancers in the understanding and interpretation of Cuban music.

Ryan Mead is co-director and co-founder of Rueda Con Ritmo. Ryan has been teaching Cuban Salsa since 2005, and to date he has taught and performed across the United States, and internationally in Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand. Besides being a dancer, Ryan is also a percussionist (he began playing at age 8) - he is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory and has taken several trips to Cuba to study both dance and music (once from a grant from Stanford). As both dancer and musician, Ryan is uniquely positioned to illuminate the inextricable connection between dance and music. Aside from his creativity as a choreographer, he is perhaps best known by lovers of Cuban dance and music for innovating a vocabulary of rhythmic calls and steps to aid dancers in the understanding and interpretation of Cuban music.

Bobbi Williams is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. She was first exposed to salsa dancing in high school, and she loved this “new” style of music and dance and was drawn to the partner connection that was absent in other forms of dance.  In 2002 a friend pointed Bobbi to Sidney Weaverling’s classes at Rhythm & Motion. She was invited to join the all women’s Rueda group Timbea in 2005; that year they won first place at the Miami Rueda Congress. In addition to Salsa Bobbi enjoys many types of dance and has studied Tribal Belly Dancing, Bhangra, West African and other genres. Bobbi’s many years of experience as a performer as well as a social dancer makes her a valuable asset to the RCR team.

Bobbi Williams is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. She was first exposed to salsa dancing in high school, and she loved this “new” style of music and dance and was drawn to the partner connection that was absent in other forms of dance.  In 2002 a friend pointed Bobbi to Sidney Weaverling’s classes at Rhythm & Motion. She was invited to join the all women’s Rueda group Timbea in 2005; that year they won first place at the Miami Rueda Congress. In addition to Salsa Bobbi enjoys many types of dance and has studied Tribal Belly Dancing, Bhangra, West African and other genres. Bobbi’s many years of experience as a performer as well as a social dancer makes her a valuable asset to the RCR team.

Arvind Thyagarajan is a groover. As an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo, he knows how important that pause on 4 is, but it’s really that pause on 8 he dwells on with relish. 1-2-3-oooyeah-5-6-7-ohmylord. He was born a dancing monkey and is slowly but surely working his way into becoming a dancing human sapien sapien. That’s human double sapien, single monkey, triple step, quadruple booyah, pero con ponche! He first learned casino from the Cubans, and since then he’s also loved dancing, performing, and teaching with the Rueda Con Ritmo crew. Besides being a dance instructor, Arvind is also a visual artist, designer, illustrator, and user experience professional.

Arvind Thyagarajan is a groover. As an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo, he knows how important that pause on 4 is, but it’s really that pause on 8 he dwells on with relish. 1-2-3-oooyeah-5-6-7-ohmylord. He was born a dancing monkey and is slowly but surely working his way into becoming a dancing human sapien sapien. That’s human double sapien, single monkey, triple step, quadruple booyah, pero con ponche! He first learned casino from the Cubans, and since then he’s also loved dancing, performing, and teaching with the Rueda Con Ritmo crew. Besides being a dance instructor, Arvind is also a visual artist, designer, illustrator, and user experience professional.

Rodrigo Ipince is a Rueda Con Ritmo assistant instructor. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he only discovered the joy of dancing after moving to the US in 2005. He came across Cuban music and Rueda while in college, dancing with the MIT Casino Rueda group for two years before moving to San Francisco in 2010. In the Bay Area he quickly found and fell in love with the Casino (Cuban Salsa) community, and he hasn't stopped dancing ever since, performing with Rueda Con Ritmo and dancing socially every chance he gets.

Rodrigo Ipince is a Rueda Con Ritmo assistant instructor. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he only discovered the joy of dancing after moving to the US in 2005. He came across Cuban music and Rueda while in college, dancing with the MIT Casino Rueda group for two years before moving to San Francisco in 2010. In the Bay Area he quickly found and fell in love with the Casino (Cuban Salsa) community, and he hasn't stopped dancing ever since, performing with Rueda Con Ritmo and dancing socially every chance he gets.

Steve Frankel is an assistant instructor for Rueda Con Ritmo. He had already danced other styles for many years when in 2001 he attended one of Sidney's week-long Casino-style workshops in Miami and fell hard for Cuban Salsa and Rueda. He loved the feeling of connection from the circle of dancers moving to the music. Shortly thereafter, Steve began his own classes in Mountain View, which he continues to teach weekly. Over the years, Steve has lead Ruedas at weddings, concerts, and even at the International Space University in Barcelona.

Steve Frankel is an assistant instructor for Rueda Con Ritmo. He had already danced other styles for many years when in 2001 he attended one of Sidney's week-long Casino-style workshops in Miami and fell hard for Cuban Salsa and Rueda. He loved the feeling of connection from the circle of dancers moving to the music. Shortly thereafter, Steve began his own classes in Mountain View, which he continues to teach weekly. Over the years, Steve has lead Ruedas at weddings, concerts, and even at the International Space University in Barcelona.

Ernest Brown is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. He started dancing Cuban salsa in 2010 while at Emory University. He performed and taught with SALSAtlanta for 3 years before moving to the Bay Area and immediately joining RCR for the SF Carnaval parade.

Ernest Brown is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. He started dancing Cuban salsa in 2010 while at Emory University. He performed and taught with SALSAtlanta for 3 years before moving to the Bay Area and immediately joining RCR for the SF Carnaval parade.

Mark Grover is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. He started dancing Miami style Rueda de Casino at University of Colorado in Boulder in 2010 and has taken his dancing with him wherever he's lived ever since, including Toronto, Canada and the Bay Area. When he's not dancing, Mark likes to delve into engineering, poetry, writing, and playing music.

Mark Grover is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. He started dancing Miami style Rueda de Casino at University of Colorado in Boulder in 2010 and has taken his dancing with him wherever he's lived ever since, including Toronto, Canada and the Bay Area. When he's not dancing, Mark likes to delve into engineering, poetry, writing, and playing music.

Alison Traina is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. She spent her childhood and young adulthood dancing ballet, jazz, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and other styles, but didn't start learning salsa until she made a New Year's resolution to do so in 2013. Alison immediately became absorbed (obsessed?) with Cuban salsa and the energetic community of dancers here in the Bay Area. When Alison isn't teaching and performing with Rueda Con Ritmo, she can be found coaching, consulting, or taking a well-deserved nap.

Alison Traina is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. She spent her childhood and young adulthood dancing ballet, jazz, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and other styles, but didn't start learning salsa until she made a New Year's resolution to do so in 2013. Alison immediately became absorbed (obsessed?) with Cuban salsa and the energetic community of dancers here in the Bay Area. When Alison isn't teaching and performing with Rueda Con Ritmo, she can be found coaching, consulting, or taking a well-deserved nap.

Bret Hendry is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. Convinced he had two left feet prior to taking Ryan and Sidney’s class for the first time in 2014, he was quickly won over to Cuban Salsa by the energetic and welcoming RCR community. Since then he has regularly participated in performances and workshops across the Bay Area, and brings balance to his vibrant extracurriculars by working in campaign finance.

Bret Hendry is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. Convinced he had two left feet prior to taking Ryan and Sidney’s class for the first time in 2014, he was quickly won over to Cuban Salsa by the energetic and welcoming RCR community. Since then he has regularly participated in performances and workshops across the Bay Area, and brings balance to his vibrant extracurriculars by working in campaign finance.

Carrie Spring is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. She originally learned to dance Salsa on too many very late weeknights in New York, later taking her first Rueda class with Sidney and Ryan in 2005. After a long hiatus to study and perform flamenco, she came back to Cuban Salsa because it’s just so much fun! Carrie also teaches Salsa to her middle school Spanish students, and she really loves being a part of the Rueda Con Ritmo community.

Carrie Spring is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. She originally learned to dance Salsa on too many very late weeknights in New York, later taking her first Rueda class with Sidney and Ryan in 2005. After a long hiatus to study and perform flamenco, she came back to Cuban Salsa because it’s just so much fun! Carrie also teaches Salsa to her middle school Spanish students, and she really loves being a part of the Rueda Con Ritmo community.

Sundeep Sivaraman (a.k.a Sunny D) is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. He first started studying Cuban Salsa with Ryan and Sidney at Google in 2012, and he's never stopped learning since.  Sunny loves to be a humble show-off (see what he did there), and while he would effortlessly glide across the floor, he doesn't undermine the power of the ponche or the magnificence of the mambo. In his words, "dancing is the mind playing catch up with the body, when you're busy having fun!" 

Sundeep Sivaraman (a.k.a Sunny D) is an assistant instructor with Rueda Con Ritmo. He first started studying Cuban Salsa with Ryan and Sidney at Google in 2012, and he's never stopped learning since.  Sunny loves to be a humble show-off (see what he did there), and while he would effortlessly glide across the floor, he doesn't undermine the power of the ponche or the magnificence of the mambo. In his words, "dancing is the mind playing catch up with the body, when you're busy having fun!"