Molinete is Walking

Molinete is Walking

A common mistake in doing molinete is to move by falling instead of to move by walking.

Molinete is the repetition of the cycle of four walking steps – a side step with foot A, a front step with foot B (and a pivot), a side step with foot A (and a pivot), and a back step with foot B (it does not have to start with a side step. It can be started with any of the four walking steps). If the two pivots in the cycle are removed, the cycle becomes a side step with foot A, a front step with foot B, a side step with foot A, and a back step with foot B. Walking this cycle without the two pivots will make the following pattern.

┌┐┌┐┌┐┌┐┌┐┌┐┌┐┌┐┌┐
┘└┘└┘└┘└┘└┘└┘└┘└┘└┘

When one is asked to walk this pattern, the person would usually do real walking, pushing the floor with the supporting leg for each step. However, when pivots are added to this pattern to now make it molinete, often the same person would stop walking by pushing the floor and instead begin to let his/her body to fall to get the momentum going for each walking step.

Do the same four walking step where you move your body by pushing the floor with the supporting leg, regardless of whether pivots are added or not.