What is the difference between molinete and giro? The words are often used interchangeable as though they mean the same thing. And essentially they do…, but…
We most often call ‘molinete‘ (‘windmill’ in translation) a repetitive sequence of steps usually executed by Follower around the Leader. The sequence goes: forward – side – back – side – (and again) – forward – side – back – side etc
Because of the repetitiveness of this sequence it can really be started at any point and continued onward. Have a look:
Start with forward step: forward-side-back-side-forward – etc
Start with side step: side-back-side-forward-side-etc
Start with back step: back-side-forward-side-back-etc
Start with side step: side-forward-side-back-side-etc
It does not have to be danced around the partner to still be called molinete. We can find the sequence in ‘cambio de frente’ (change of fronts), cadenas, alterations, medialuna and of course giro.
Giro is a tango turn where Follower (usually) travels around the Leader, who is also turning but essentially becomes center of the turn. The giro can happen in place (affixed axes) or allow the couple to travel. (traveling axes).
As we already learn by observing versatility of molinete sequence giro can be started from forward cross (or forward ocho), from back cross (or back ocho) or even an open step.
Giro can be dance in both parallel and cross system. And it also comes in many shapes: triangle, square, rhomboid or octagonal. Medialuna (half-moon) is also part of the giro. The easiest part. The one that Follower has no hard pivots.
Deconstructing giros is the essence of Intermediate course. In 3 8-weeks cycles we are focusing on:
Series 1: Focus on system. Giro in parallel and cross system
Series 2: Focus on entrance. Giro from forward and back crosses/ochos
Series 3: Focus on axes. Giro with affixed and traveling axes
Sign up for series 1 of Intermediate level (starts 03/19 at 2pm) to find out about difference between giro in parallel and cross system. You will learn fundamental combinations and add other tango elements to them: sacada (displacement) and patata (kick).
Since giro is probably the mot often danced Tango step you wanna be able to lead it with your eyes closed. The subject of giros ends NEVER.
After intermediate level you shall have a high level of conversational tango. What we mean is that EVEN IF you never ever learn any new element like volcada, boleo, gancho etc you still shall be able to ‘speak tango’ and dance anywhere with anybody and enjoy it to the fullest. You shall also be able to understand and be able to repeat or recreate any tango combination that includes essentials.
We believe that tango turn, also called giro or molinete is one of the most challenging and at the same one of the most crucial tango element. That is why we dedicated the whole INTERMEDIATE level to turns/giro/molinete.
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