Cuban Salsa: Yoyoflow con Vacilala

This tutorial shows one variation of Yoandy Villaurrutia’s move Coca-Cola Moderno. I have named it Yoyoflow con Vacilala because the Follow is unwrapped using Vacilala twice, turning on 1-2-3 and walking on 5-6-7. The other variations use the Habanero turn, walking on 1-2-3 and turning on 5-6-7. For more information see the tutorial named “Yoyoflow (Coca-Cola Moderno)”.

The Video Clip is from a YouTube video named “Yoandy Villaurrutia Salsa casino”, Moscow, Russia, 2011. The Coca-Cola is unwrapped by Vacilala followed by another Vacilala and then Dile Que No.

Breakdown of the move

  1. The move starts with DQN on 1-2-3 with a Coca-Cola left turn on 5-6-7.
  2. The Coca-Cola in unwrapped with Vacilala steps, turning on 1-2-3 and walking on 5-6-7.
  3. One more Vacilala, turning on 1-2-3 and walking on 5-6-7.
  4. DGN. The Follow back-rocks on one (I recommend to step forward).

The Lead then uses 5-6-7 of “DQN” to bring the Follow into closed position! This is crazy and bad free styling, because it is not what DQN is supposed to do.

In order to make it easier for ourselves to learn and use the move, I suggest to use a conventional DQN. It would also have served Yoandy better. It is much more useful to teach generalised, optimised stepping. Teach building blocks please, not weird one-off stepping.

How to learn Yoyoflow

Start to learn DQN con Coca-Cola y Habanero and DQN con Molino y Habanero in order to get the feel for leading the Habanero stepping, walking on 1-2-3 and turning on 5-6-7 by the hips and shoulders.

Use the two DQNs to test a Follow. If she can’t do a simple hip or shoulder lead Habanero, there is no chance that she will succeed with any of the much more difficult Yoyoflow variations.

The Yoyoflow variations will only succeed if the Lead leads them spot on. The best way for the Lead to learn the leading is by training the moves with a couple of Follows at Practica training sessions.

When the Lead owns the Yoyoflow moves and has a feel for exactly how to lead them, it should be possible to do the moves with any Follow at masterclass level.

Links to Yoyoflow tutorials

  1. Yoyoflow (Coca-Cola Moderno).
  2. Yoyoflow con Vacilala
  3. Yoyoflow con Habanero
  4. Yoyoflow con Molino
  5. DQN con Coca-Cola y Habanero
  6. DQN con Molino y Habanero


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