Intermediate Elements - Molinette
- Artist Name:
- Marcelo Alvarez
- Song Title:
- Album Title:
- Marcelo Alvarez Sings Gardel
- Artist Website:
A classical Argentine opera singer who also sings tango.
- We’re going to show you Molinette.
- And molinette is a very core, intermediate, advanced
Argentine tango piece of vocabulary.
- And in a lot of these
we’re going to have a Take two...
- ..which explains all the technique in detail.
- For the molinette we’re probably going to have a
Take two series because...
- ..there is so much technique to it and
it’s very hard and very core.
- We’re going to make this
as easy a version as possible.
- Let’s start.
- But there are going to be a lot of other versions.
- For the leaders, roughly speaking,
if you look at my hands…
- ..I’m going to say, I’m going to have her
going around me to the left…
- ..and this is going to be forward and
this is going to be side...
- ..and this is going to be back and side.
- So followers have four steps; here’s a preview.
- I’m just going to step in place.
- And that’s molinette.
- That back step is very similar to the amount of
pivot you needed in the drag.
- It’s a lot.
- So if we do it without any turn,
for the followers it looks like this.
- Let’s see you’ll start, side, forward, side,
back or you know a different angle.
- This is without any pivot.
You can go side, forward, side, back.
- But what happens is
we add a quarter pivot...
- ..a half pivot actually,
on two of those steps.
- So you’re going to end up going,
- ..and you’re going to have a half pivot.
- Side and then another half pivot...
- ..back or so you can follow along with me…
- ..you’ll have side, forward and
then here’s your half pivot.
- Side, another half pivot, back.
- So the back half pivot feels like
more than a half pivot.
- Right so I say half in air quotes because
really the idea is just...
- ..you just go around the guy.
- For the leaders as you do this,
right now I’ll show you your footwork.
- I’m sure right now, they’re just sighing,
“Yes, we can do that.”
- It’s not so easy as it seems right now.
- So the reason
I’m making the footwork easy is...
- ..because the upper body is not easy.
- So roughly speaking if I have her here,
if I want her to step side…
- ..I’m going to keep my hands
the same distance from each other.
- If I want her to step forward
I’m going to bring my left breast bone forward...
- ..and my right back.
- And then I become even and then
I bring my left back and my right forward…
- ..so she can step back.
- And I want to step back around him...
- ..so I don’t get any further away from him
than I am at any other time.
- And so roughly speaking
you will see in my chest…
- ..this soft movement this way
as I tell her to step, side...
- ..then forward, then side,
then back as I’m pivoting in place.
- For the followers you may not get that lead
at every point.
- But none the less -
- We have to just know.
- Yes, you’re supposed to know that
if he just pulls you...
- ..eventually it’s going to be a molinette.
- Often time people will practice this
at home around a chair...
- ..if I’m the follower.
- I practiced around a broom
after I practiced around a chair.
- D: So you know, there’s a chair
N: Here, I’m the chair.
- And for the followers you’d go side,
forward, side, back.
- N: And I practiced staying the same distance...
D: And you can keep going.
- ..from my chair, the whole way around,
which is hard.
- It’s harder than it sounds.
- We’ll have a few chapters on this.
- Show what you can do with that.
- Oh, okay.