Cuban Salsa: Dile Que Si
Dile Que Si (say yes to her) is the pendant to Dile Que No (say no to her). As a move Dile Que Si is a hand-held Vacilala, turning the Follow on 1-2-3 (Vacilala Steps) in order to bring her into closed position on 5-6-7. That is what the name means: bring her in, say yes to her.
Dile Que Si is also the name for any right turn on 1-2-3, walked with Vacilala steps or often the Follow is just twisted around, no matter the purpose of the turn or of what happens on 5-6-7.
Video 1 is from “RuedaStandard.com”, 2009, the new name for the “Norwegian Rueda Standard”. In a Rueda, it is very important that we have at least one well-defined move, safe to call because we all know it, for getting back into closed position, “position social”.
Video 2 is from Mexican “Salsafición”, 2017. Except that it takes a while to get used to the funny personal style of Amando, they make many great and technically innovative videos. Anahí always steps the most perfect Vacilala. She only needs to unlearn the back rocking in Dile Que No to become a role model.
Video 3 is from “Pepe Puerto Vs Rueda Cubana”, Seville, Spain, 2016. Pepe has uploaded more videos of moves than probably anybody else, and his personal style fits him well. In the following video, Pete and Maribel show Dile Que Si as used in Rueda de Casino.
Dile Que Si as a turn and as a Rueda move also used in social dancing deserves to be as well-known a term as Dile Que No, because more than 50% of all moves start with the Dile Que Si turn, and we also have Dile Que Si turns inside very many moves, and the Dile Que Si move itself is the standard way to get into closed position in Rueda de Casino.
Dile que si as a turn
In the videos from Mexican “Salsafición, Amando constantly uses the Dile Que Si term when breaking down moves. In the first example, Video 4, showing a great move called Caracol, the move even starts with a two handed Dile Que Si turn. Note that Anahí steps forward on one, using Vacilala steps for the first count of eight.
In Video 5, a “74” variation, from Mexican “Salsafición”, we have two Dile Que Si turns, the first as start of Setenta. Next, the Lead forces the Follow to duck under his right arm, and the Follow is twisted around, but it is still a Dile Que Si turn.
Video 6 is another great video from “RuedaStandard.com”, 2013. This is the most simple sequence of moves, as Cuban as it can and should be: Enchufla, Rodeo, hand-held Vacilala with the Dile Que Si turn on 1-2-3.
The steps of the Follow in the above video is Cuban Salsa as I preach it. She never back rocks by default (could be necessary in an emergency or if off balance) but always step forward or in place. Even for Enchufla she steps forward on one.
Dile Que Si confusion
Doing research for this tutorial, I stumbled upon many videos showing all sorts of moves called Dile Que Si. Some of them call Guapea or Abajo for Dile Que Si. Most of the “alternative” moves only have one thing in common: they are just a way to get into closed position, to “say yes to her”. Like using Prima or Enchufla or a Vuelta right turn borrowed from X-body Salsa.
Dile Que Si has for a long time been taken for granted without using the name explicitly, to the extent that many has forgotten what Dile Que Si really is, and why it is so impotent. Dile Que Si is missing from many video collections of moves. E.g.: It is not mentioned in the “Salsa Steps” App, a collection of more than 500 Cuban Salsa moves.