El son de la malinche or "The Malinches Song"
Opening Sequence: Standard.
Dance pattern: Son de la malinche doesn't use the same kind of winding and unwinding choreography as la ese and la mudansa. Rather, it is a series of processional patterns. Following the standard opening procession, each line acts separately as a unit, the left line led by the monarca, the right by the malinche and abuelo. Sometimes the abuelo faces backward as he leads the malinche. At other times he leads the girl with his hand around her back or on her shoulder. The processional patterns are as follows.
I. Both lines cast off to the outside (Figure 13).
II. At the back of the hall, the lines file by each other, the monarcas line to the outside of the malinches (Figure 14).
III. Continuing, the lines pass each other again at the front of the hall, again with the monarcas line passing to the outside of the malinches (Figure 15).
IV. As the two lines reach the back of the hall again, they cast off outward and file down to the front. Monarcas line is left, malinches right (Figure 16).
V. At the front, the lines cast off outward again and file to the back (Figure 17).
VI. Reaching the back, the lines now cast off inward (Figure 18).
VII. At the front, both lines veer left and file up the left side of the hall, the malinches line going around outside the monarcas (Figure 19). The monarca's line edges inward, right, toward the center to make room. The effect is that the outside line encloses the inside.
VIII. At the back, the malinches line still outside the monarcas, the lines file down the right side of the hall (Figure 20).
IX. Up front again, the monarcas line now circles outside the malinches as they turn right to dance back up the right side of the hall (Figure 21).
X. Finally, making the sharp right turn at the back that will take them forward again, the monarcas line outside the malinches, everyone dances together down the hall (Figure 22). At the front of the lines, it is four abreast now, the monarca and malinche between the two lead dancers. The abuelo, dancing backward, leads it all.
XI. The dance ends with a turn outward, a turn inward, one basic step performed backward and then forward, repeated three times, and the standard bow.
Note: For this dance only, as the men perform the basic foot pattern, they rotate in quarter turns, so that when they kick with the left foot they face left and with the right, right. This constant directional change gives the processional choreography a lyrical, even gyrating, quality.