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 handheld Vacilala. The Follow is lead forward on one, she turns on 1-2-3 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.
Video 1 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.
I like the way Amando breaks the moves down in their many videos, and that he carefully names the different parts of a move. Very useful. All instructors should do that. But I sometimes disagree with the terms he use.
In the Dile Que Si video, Amando calls the first part, for “Dile Que Si”, just another name for the Vacilala turn on 1-2-3. So why not call it a Vacilala turn to make things easier? The 5-6-7 of Vacilala bringing the Follow into closed position, Amando calls “Sacala” of all things? This must be a typo, that should be corrected.
Video 2 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 an example of how one can use the Dile Que Si move in social dancing. We have of cause many variations for what to do, when the Follow is brought in.
The Dile Que Si move is just a handheld Vacilala with the purpose of bringing the Follow into closed position on 5-6-7.
We have many other moves that can be used to do the same, even an Enchufla will do.
But it is important that we only call the handheld Vacilala for Dile Que Si, giving us at least one Rueda call to get us into closed position, understood all over the world.
How not to use the term “Dile Que Si”
In the videos from Mexican “Salsafición, we have already seen one example. Amando constantly uses the Dile Que Si term when breaking down moves. My advise is to use the Vacilala term instead. In the next Video 3, showing a great move called Caracol, the move even starts with a two handed Vacilala turn. Just call it that. Note that Anahí steps forward on one, using Vacilala steps for the first count of eight.
In Video 4, a “74” variation, from Mexican “Salsafición”, we have two Vacilala 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 Vacilala turn, so why not call it that?
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 turned out to be Guapea or Abajo. 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.
The Dile Que Si move has for a long time been taken for granted without using the name explicitly, to the extent that many dancers have forgotten what Dile Que Si really is. 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.
We have the Dile Que Si move, and we have Dile Que Si Steps. The two have nothing in common. I will deal with Dile Que Si Steps in a separate tutorial.