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The Linear Molinete

You’re out social dancing, and you’re finding yourself with either being led to a lot of Follower’s Molinetes, or the you’re leading the Follower’s Molinete over and over again with very little variation. From a Leading perspective, you’re stuck in Lead’s Mindset, or you’re just out of ideas where you feel like you need to impress the Follower with something new or different. From a Following perspective, you really don’t care just as long as the whirling dirvish you’re dancing with stops every once in a while and leads something else that is a bit less stressful. The only thing you’re caring about right now is staying in front of your Lead and trying NOT to be in the Lead’s armpit.

Scenario over!

Today’s Tango Topic deals with a variation on a theme that almost never plays itself out in a crowded Milonga mostly because you know…it’s a crowded Milonga. There’s no space for craziness. However, what we’re talking about today isn’t craziness. It’s a variation on a theme that you already know how to do from a Leading and Following perspective.

So today we’re going to skip all the usual build up to this and generate a bulleted list of what it is that we’re after and why.

With that said, let’s dive into Today’s Tango Topic – The Linear Molinete.

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What is a Linear Molinete ? In its simplest form, it’s the Follower’s Molinete spread out along a line instead of a circle around one’s Lead. In the Follower’s Molinete, the Lead engages in a Giro, or a self-turn over a singular spot. The Lead can not move from that spot otherwise it makes work for the Follower. In the case of the Linear Molinete the Lead has several options, however, the simplest one is that as the Follower is led to engage Back/Side/Forward, the Lead can engage Side/Side/Side, or Forward/Side/Back, or Back/Side/Forward with the Follower’s motion. The difference between the circular version of the Molinete/Giro structure and the Linear version is that the Lead’s steps are also Linear as well.

So instead of the Follower’s back step going around one’s lead as it would in a normal Follower’s Molinete, the Lead could invoke a side step with their Follower’s Back step. Or they have, as indicated above, three different options > Side/Forward/Back.

In the example above: The Follower’s back step is indicated by the Lead to go straight back instead of around, and the Lead then goes with them staying the same distance, at the same speed, in the same direction, and at the same level. Only in the example the Lead takes a side step with the Follower’s back step. Same with the Follower”s side step – a linear side step, the Follower goes side, and the Lead matches it. On the Follower’s Forward Step, the Follower is led to go forward and the Lead takes a side step.

This is, in its simplest form, a Linear Molinete for both roles.

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Remember that what you’re seeing is a couple that is performing for the 15th row for a room full of people, they’re not social dancing. Whereas this website is all about ‘Social Dancing’  or how to make things function on a social dance floor. Social Dance floor ? Your local milonga! They’re showing flashy moves as a presentation! But not stopping and talking about how this works, why you’d want to put that piece of vocabulary there, or how to make things fit. This website is all about those things and more!

You could watch those videos and thereby spend your time, trying to infer, and figure out how things may work in that particular situation. Bend your body this way or that, twist and force this position or that. Place your foot here or there and figure it out. This is known as Tango Twister.  Which can be a lot of fun, but more than likely it won’t help you, because you’re missing something: The explanation from an experienced teacher showing you how to properly excute this stuff from a Leading Perspective as well as from a Following Perspective!

The goal of YouTube videos is to get you to study with those teachers in person. The goal of Tango Topics videos allows you to work at your own pace, in the comfort of your own space, so that you can play them over and over again to improve your understanding of the vocabulary or technique being described to therefore better your dancing experience. The goal of classes and workshops is to get you to come back over and over and over again, thereby spending more money with that teacher. This website and the videos under it are here to act as a resource for you to help you to improve your dance. Pay once and you’re done.

Eventually, one way or another you’re going to pay for this lesson, either here and now, or with them. TANSTAAFL! The difference between that lesson and this ? Is that you get to play this lesson over and over and over again. Further still, there are supporting materials (other videos) that help to explain the language and the underlying technique of how and why things work, so you can easily reference those things in the corresponding articles that go with the material, and or any language in the Tango Topics Dictionary. 


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