Lead - Rotational Movement
Think a little while about the imagery: the way you would make a top spin. Or, if you were to turn a wheel, the way you could reach out with your arms and turn the wheel surrounding you. The dynamics are extremely different and extremely clear. We might even suggest that you try this in real life, assuming you can find a wheel sufficiently big inside which you can stand.
Now think about it a little bit more. We realize that most people will just say "yup. I got it." immediately. But, even though you understand the idea, we want you to think about it some more, until it's ironed into your brain. Only then, will it help your lead.
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- El Club de Tobi
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- Eleanor Rigby (Tango Para Eleonora)
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- Leaders, this chapter is about distinguishing between two types of rotational movement.
- One type of rotational movement is when you're pivoting her on her axis.
- And then, she can pivot. Yay.
- And a different type of rotational movement is when you're the spoke on a wheel. And you're taking her around you.
- D: Roughly speaking, this is something very similar to what we discussed in leading the molinette.
- If I want to pivot her on her own axis,
- Then, in some sense, my left side has forward pressure, and my right side has backward pressure.
- D: Or visa versa.
N: Or visa versa.
D: Yeah. Great minds.
- D: So, then, that can pivot her, one way, or the other, regardless of what foot she's on.
- A different thing is if I'm here and I go around my own axis.
- And so, I want you to actually just do this, right now, with someone. Or, if there's no one here, then, you know...
- N: Pretend you've got someone.
D: Pretend you've got someone.
N: It'll if you don't move your arms to your shoulders.
- And then, you know, next time you have someone - try it with them.
- And, I want to illustrate, that a lot of, not all, but most,
- Of the typical things we'll do in tango, boil down to one of these two things, with most of the rotational movement.
- So, if we do, for example, front ochos. Or, back ochos. It's the same.
- This first pivot is around her axis. And then, we step. And, once again, it's around her axis.
- If we do media vuelta,
- This is the second kind of rotation where it's around his axis.
- And then, translational for her. And then, around her axis.
- N: Or, molinette.
D: Or, molinette.
- Let's say we start forward.
- So, this is around my axis. Then, I pivot her around her axis.
- Then, it's around my axis. Then, I pivot her around her axis. Then, around me, then, around her.
- Around me, and then, around her. Roughly speaking.
- But the biggest picture of that is that I'm working... I'm going in a circle, around him.
- Where I'm the spoke of the wheel.
- N: Well, actually, the spoke is the thing that sticks out.
D: Oh, it is? What's the center called?
N: The center.
- D: Where I'm the center of the wheel.