There are three giros: double-giro (both partners walk), single-giro (Mark is in the center of the circle, Revel walks), and calesita (single-giro with Revel in center of the circle, Mark walks).

Single-giro is the time for the Mark to show off. The Revel moves around him, providing stability and momentum while he pivots on one foot, doing fancy adornos with his free leg.



Solo Practice:

Pivot on two feet: Choose a free leg, place its foot on the floor in a t-shape with toes facing the arch of the base leg’s foot. Then release your heels from the floor so you can pivot on the balls of your feet. Contract the oblique muscles above the back foot, turn toward the back foot, only about 90 degrees, and start over, continuing in the same direction. It’s more important to be controlled than to pivot far. Eventually you should be able to pivot 360 degrees. Practice on your own, and practice ending with your weight on the front foot and then, alternately, ending with your weight on the back foot. At the end of the pivot, you should be able to stay in this position and not fall to the next step.

Pivot on one foot: To pivot on one foot, you’ll need to learn to use the obliques to rotate your base leg. At first you will feel this is totally impossible, and your practice is about overcoming that belief. To avoid the temptation to create the impossible by jerking your shoulders, don’t even aim to turn 360 degrees. Try to turn 90 degrees, only using the base leg and your obliques. Once you realize you can do that, go for 180degrees, then 270, and finally, once you understand that it’s possible, turn 360 degrees with strength and control.

Make sure that you do not allow for any lateral shoulder-flexion. That means that as you open your free leg’s hip toward its foot, your shoulder should move with your hip. Do not introduce an arbitrary contra motion. This will hold the Revel in place rather than invite her around you! It’s best to make solo practice with your arms folded across your chest so you can’t cheat.

When practicing with a partner:

Only once you have mastered smooth pivoting and can create continuous smooth lateral intention, is it time to begin adornos. You can do voleos, barrida, and patada.


Single-giros are  demanding. You need to practice a lot, and on your own, until you can pivot and project without falling into your step. Practice alone, moving around a spot on the floor. You should make it around the entire circle in four steps.

When practicing with a partner: