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


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 also 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 frons), 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. (travelling 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 bot parallel and cross system. Giro comes in many shapes: triangle, square, rhomboid or octagonal. Medialuna (half-moon) can also be considered part of the giro.


Giro in parallel and cross system


NO CLASSES: 09/29 - Romantica Milonguera; 10/20 - Naveiras Weekend

Main focus:
giros in parallel and cross system

*Separation / isolation of movement in upper and lower body.
*Continuity of rotation and torsion in lead and follow.
*Basic giro to to the left and to the right in parallel and cross system from back cross.
*Principles of parallel and cross system.

Additional elements:
sacada and patada

*Possible shapes of giro – evolution: Octagonal: 8-steps giro, Square: giro with pivoting, Triangle: giro with weight change.
*Combining old-fashion and modern giros.
*Giro with sacada on the open step.
*Giro with patada.
*Influence of leader’s axis during giro.
*Cadencia of molinete steps.


Giros from forward and back crosses


NO CLASSES: 12/1 - Thanksgiving; 12/22 - Christmas, 12/29 - New Year weekend

Main focus:
entry from forward and back cross

*Sensation of circularity in lead and follow.
*‘Same front’ – upper body torsions.
*How to accommodate and accompany your partner.
*Opposition in flat plane with focus on forward step / back step.
*Curving the opposition (open / side step, forward / back cross).
*Sensation during open versus cross movement.

Additional elements:
parada, sandwich, mordida, barrida

*Giro in cross system (4:4 – each step accompanied) from back and forward crosses.
*Changing direction of giro.
*Concept of parada (stop).
*Mordida / syncopated step.
*Basics of barrida and arrastre.
*Bicycle and Hamaca – control of axis.


Giros with affixed and traveling axes


NO CLASSES: 03/15 and 03/22 - Buenos Aires Trip

Main focus:
affixed and traveling axes in giros

*Basic alterations of giro.
*Curving alterations.
*Giro with travelling axis with planeo.
*Giro with affixed axis with lapiz and reversed lapis

Additional elements:
enrosque, lapiz, dibujo

*Mastering your free leg actions: dibujo.
*Giro with dibujo.
*Combining affixed axis giros with travelling axis giro.
*Basics of enrosque.

Intermediate students improvising after completing one of the courses.

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