Cuban Salsa: Candado

The name Candado means Padlock. The origin of the name has been forgotten, or I just don’t see the light. Candado comes with a couple of variations and with two very different endings. The shortest version of the move starts with a two handed Enchufla Doble, the Lead’s right hand held low. Next a two handed Enchufla, and on 5-6-7 the Lead makes a hook turn and goes into Dile Que No. Some Leads add a Gancho hook when coming out of the hook turn (see the DanceLiker video).

The most common version is to do the two handed Enchufla Double twice. After the Lead’s hook turn, some Leads don’t go into Dile Que No but start a short walk with the Follow’s arms on the Lead’s shoulder. This is a an old one-off variation documented in several videos, but not seen in any other move.


Video 1 from “Dolce Dance”, Hungary, 2010, is the “standard” way to do Candado. Many lovely videos from this people but I don’t like the back rocking.

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Video 2 is from the “Danceliker School” in Moscow, Russia, 2016. As a Lead, I always like to watch Adonis Santiago. What a natural born dancer! Adonis is only doing one Enchufla Double, and after the Lead’s hook turns he ends up with a right arm Gancho. One can use Ganchos just for decoration and styling, but most of us are better off just doing them, when we need them for something, like in Kentucky Complicado.

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Video 3 is from “Casino Con El Pelon” (the bald one), Florida, USA, 2019. Candado is also a common Rueda figure in Copenhagen. I only need to watch the caller for a few seconds, and I know that he has been schooled in the MCC 2.0 method of controversial Yoel Marrero.

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Candado with walk

Video 4 is from “Academia de baile TeamDancer”, Dominican Republic, 2015. I have found several videos with the same type of ending.

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Video 5 is from “LAGS DANCE”, Venezuela, 2019. This is definitively an interesting way to do Candado. It fits in well in my social dancing, when there is enough room available on the dance floor.

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  • In my school they teach candado as something more similar to

    • You are quite right and thanks for commenting. I know the move in your video and use it sometimes, and I also call it Candado. I have learned it from a Copenhagen based Cuban dance instructor Yosvany Torres, and it is even on a DVD he published 10 years ago.

      That is, we have at least two completely different moves with the same name!

      When I one day update the Candado tutorial, I will look into how common the two moves are, and I might come up with a proposal for renaming the least common of them.

      • Thank you for the reply and this great website :).
        This move was taught to me actually this week in a dance school in Tallinn, Estonia. I only could find this one video of the version taught to me vs many for the other version.

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