Apr 4, 2012
Argentine Tango Molinete
How to Practice the Molinete (windmill) at Home: Morgan Petroski teaching
Two Left Feet is based on teaching the fundamentals of the language of tango. As with any language you don’t need to know all the words in the dictionary to have a conversation.
What often makes learning tango so difficult is that beginners are trying to learn too much at one time. The biggest problem they have is being so concerned about where their feet are supposed to be. Then when trying to lead or follow nothing seems to work and they get frustrated. Breaking down a pattern to its primary movements and practicing them at home builds the muscle memory until the movement is automatic, freeing the dancer to concentrate on leading or following, posture, and form. The molinete is one of the most key movements in tango, a building block that can be used to stack other tango movements onto.
The first video below shows the molinete moving to the left, the second video moving to the right. At the beginning of each video Morgan practices the molinete with her chest forward. As she moves around the pillow a couple times she then faces her chest towards the middle. By doing this the back step becomes more difficult and you really have to disassociate the top half of your body from the bottom half. The twist towards the pillow (our fake lead at the moment) and disassociation of hips to chest is the end goal and what you would be doing on the dance floor as you move around your partner.
Molinete is a figure in which the lady
dances a grapevine around
the man in side-back-side-forward
and the man pivots at the
center of the circle.
Tip: During the forward and side steps after forward in a SLOW tempo there are 3 moves to be done: the named step, collecting the feet, and the pivot.
Argentine Tango Molinete to the left
Argentine Tango Molinete to the right
Tango is improvised. It is improvised all the way. There are no combinations. In tango you can’t be preoccupied with steps. You need to express your feelings while listening to the music. -Miguel Zotto
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