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.
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.
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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