Cuban Salsa: A Bayamo por Arriba con Vacilala

This move is often called Matanzas, Llevela a Matanzas or even A Bayama por Matanzas. Since Matanzas is also a city in Cuba, it is rather confusing to mix two cities: Bayamo and Matanzas. The move is a variation of A Bayamo por Arriba substituting the back-to-back turn with a two handed Vacilala.

The Matanzas tells us nothing about the move. A Bayamo por Arriba con Vacilala tells us: 1) Move is part of the A Bayamo family, 2) Keep your hands high, 3) Ends with Vacilala.

The videos from “DanceDifferent” (Prague, Czech Republic) is always great inspiration:

Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo por Arriba con Vacilala (A).

The second video is from “Salsa4Water” (Copenhagen, Denmark):

Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo por Arriba con Vacilala (B).

The third video is from “Son Canario”, 2008:

Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo por Arriba con Vacilala (C).

It is nice with a video in slow motion but it is not realistic. The Vacilala should be two handed. The two hands must be kept close together as if one hand, or my own favorite: I keep both hands of the Follow in my left hand.

 

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