Boleo to Freno and Beyond

boleoBoleo comes from the verb bolear, to throw. The verb is also the root of bolo, the gaucho lariat made of three lengths of rope tied together and weighted at the free ends with a stone or other weight. Gauchos throw it and the three legs of leather spread out like a helicopter and wrap around the leg of the cattle. Boleo may have been inspired by the word bolo, since a boleo is activated by reversing a pivot just before a change in axis, causing the dancer’s leg to swing out and return similar to a whipping motion.

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