The Super Enrosque
The Super Enrosque. There are only a small handful of things that a lead can do to ‘decorate’ what a Follower is doing. Usually, as Leads, we tend to leave the ‘decoration’ to the Follower. However we can in a small number of ways adorn what the Follower is doing, while they’re doing it. Doing so, tends to draw attention away from the Follower and towards the Lead, but sometimes that is desirable, sometimes. Today’s Tango Topic deals with one of these pieces of Tango vocabulary that isn’t seen too often (for a variety of reasons, see below), that when executed nicely can have a really nice effect on the dance, and at the same time open options and opportunities for both roles, not just the lead! 🙂
Let’s get this out the way, before another word is read, the Enrosque, and it’s kissin’ cousin of Today’s Tango Topic: The Argentine Super Enrosque is quite simply Lead flash, spectacle, and nothing more than that. Furthermore there’s absolutely nothing here for the Follower to do or to think about. Got it. You do not need to add this to your repertoire of tango vocabulary. It does not need to be executed every 3rd step simply because you believe that it’s cool Nor does every Follower want you to do this. Once or twice is fine in a night and then LET IT GO, move on to something else. Trust that the room has seen it all before, they don’t care that you can do 57 versions in 3 minutes, nor should a single song ever be populated with more Enrosques and Super Enrosques than the time it took for you to read this. Never. Ever. This is flashy vocabulary. It’s fun, to be certain but lord knows you don’t need to execute it!
That said, before we talk about what a Super Enrosque is, we have to define what an Enrosque is and is not!
The word ‘Enrosque’ (pron: ehn-RrOhs-kay – accent on the ‘O’) loosely translated to English from Spanish means ‘Thread’ or ‘Screw’. However, from a Tango perspective it has a very specific meaning. This a Lead based piece of vocabulary that can be done as adornment or accent to what the Follower is doing. It’s usually done with the Follower’s Molinete, but can be done anywhere really. But the place where it shines really is the Follower’s Molinete. So what is it ? The Enrosque is where the lead will cross one foot behind the other (in a clean fashion – there should be no daylight between the feet) and as the crossing behind happens there’s usually a pivoting rotation of the bodily position – This is the ‘Screw’ part of the definition of the Enrosque, not the crossing feet part. An actual ‘pivot’ may occur, however where things get flashy and really where the Super Enrosque comes in, is where the Lead engages Applied Disassociation! There is a common misconception that the Enrosque also contains a Lapíz (a lead leg extension) that trails the Follower’s motion. This is not part of the Enrosque! It is it’s own separate thing, and you quite literally must separate these things, one from the other. Doing so will create a greater range of capabilities.
Below you should see one of two videos: Free/Open users will see an Enrosque without any explanation of what should happen, or the paid subscribers should see the Entire Enrosque video from your Lead Technique section which fully explains the technique that generates the example videos. 😉 Without this explanation you’re quite literally pissing into the wind!
What is a ‘Super’ Enrosque ? You’re going to ask yourself this question: If an Enrosque is placing one foot behind the other, or in front, both are true where the feet are in a crossed position, AND (the ‘and’ is very important) there is a pivoting bodily rotation that occurs. Then what on earth creates a ‘Super’ Enrosque ? MORE ROTATION! And in specific More Applied Disassociation, as there’s an enormous amount of super rotation that can occur due to the release of all that pent up energy. And that release creates some really interesting options and opportunities. 😉 So without further adieu: The Super Enrosque!
Difficulty Rating: (4 / 5)
Following Perspective. To be fair, for you, there’s not a whole lot here for you. This is lead flash. However, 9 times out of ten you’re going to be doing a Follower’s Molinete here in ‘response’. You don’t have to do anything crazy, nothing strange, nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing, nada, not. This is easy stuff for you. However, what you do have to listen to is not to engage your Follower Default behaviors. Meaning ? That the Lead may attempt to slow your Molinete (not with their arms…tsk, tsk, tsk) with their own bodily rotation (that’s the screw part mentioned above). Aside from that, this is Forward, Side, Back. It’s not rocket science, it’s walking. 🙂
As easy as this sounds, and it does sound easy, and it is, the fact is that you’re going to feel a lot of pressure to go faster in the execution of your Molinete. Usually from the Lead’s left hand/arm pulling you, or more commonly from the Lead’s right forearm pushing you. The reason? Your Lead has not learned how to control or contain their own rotation (the screw part) in relation to you! So if you feel the Lead pushing you or pulling you along, it’s not because you’re moving too slow, it’s because the Lead is unwinding in a very controlled manner! There’s not much you can do about this one other than hold on for the ride.
Leading Perspective. This is all you. It’s all on you. This is the culmination of all your detail work, all your control work, all your practice and this is one of those places where you have to get it right, right from the start. Furthermore this movement is all about the details AND the execution of those details. Get it wrong, and it looks sloppy. Get it right and the dance moves on to the next thing without so much as a blink.
Let’s get some thing out of the way, the Enrosque, by itself, is Lead flash, meaning a spectacle. It’s a spectacle that can easily overwhelm when done too many times in the course of a song or even a tanda. It is one of those things that you should use sparingly, not excessively, like as in once in a tanda. The bulk of your dancing work should be to show off the Follower, and not yourself. The Enrosque is showing off the Lead and how amazing they are, and not the Follower! Got it ? So in other words, not so much with the Enrosque. And if we add in the ‘Super’ Enrosque, it’s even less so! So how often should you employ one ? Once in a blue moon, not every 5 steps! Which is to say that just because you can do one, does not mean that you should do one. Clear ? Good.
In order for a Super Enrosque to function properly, two things must be present before we can even make the attempt:
Disassociation & Applied Disassociation. Think Ochos. Only for the Lead. You thought this was a skill that only the Follower needed to master ? Wrong thinking. This skill must be so ingrained in you that you have mastered your control over the speed, your posture as you rotate – no titling from side to side, you contain the motion (so that you don’t ‘spill’ the motion outside the longitudinal axial line – no wobbling), and most importantly the disassociation and the applied disassociation must be absolutely smooooooth, and not just in one direction, but both rotational directions (to the left – open side of the embrace, and the right – the closed side of the embrace). You must learn to do this independent of your Follower, and to do it slowly. This isn’t about speed but control. Every incremental motion must be smoothed out, no jerkiness. None. At no point along your applied disassociation can you jerk or lose control of the next stage of the rotation. It must all be slow, and controlled disassociation and then applied! 😉 If you think that’s going to take you a while to learn to do, you’d be right. This is not something you’re going to learn to do in 5 minutes, this takes time, patience, and ooodles of practice, hours, days, weeks, months and possibly years of daily practice to smooth out the rough spots in both directions. And remember that you want to be able to execute this stuff without the use of your arms or your Followers. This is independent control! Good luck, you’re going to need it. Gosh if only you had a Primer on this stuff, so that you could re-learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home and correct your issues. If only there were a resource where you could see how this stuff is actually generated. [Disassociation – $12.99/Applied Disassociation – $12.99]
And just so that we’re clear about something, watching the two videos above is not going to create the necessary clear instruction that you absolutely need. No. You do need instruction on how to generate this stuff. Hence the two links above on Disassociation and Applied Disassociation.
Clean Crosses. You must learn to cross your feet (forward or backwards) in a cleaner manner than you do now. Typically a cross for most people (lead or follow) is to turn the free leg ‘out’ to cross one leg behind the other which as a result creates a ‘pie wedge’ shape with the feet (see video). This is not a clean cross! It’s a pie wedge shape with your feet. So a ‘clean’ cross is where the feet are in a tight collection with the 5th Metatarsals (your baby toes) are touching! Where there is no daylight between the ankles, and the heels are together. This is a ‘clean’ cross. (see The Dirty Cross)
The Super Enrosque Exercises. Assuming that the underlaying technique of the two points above are clean, controlled, and contained. Then a Super Enrosque becomes possible. However, there’s one component that’s missing, and that’s the exercise itself. There is a Super Enrosque Exercise that you want to start to play with that will generate the underlaying skill set.
You’ll notice in these exercises, that the Lead does a complete 360, not a 180 while maintaining a clean cross ? That’s what you want to be able to do, as the Super Enrosque entails this specific skill set.
One More Very Important Piece Of Information. This site and the articles contained herein have a near constant thread for the Lead which is: Do not use your arms to push or pull your Follower, in any way, shape, or form. So what would make you believe that something is about to change simply because the name of the vocabulary changed ? In short, not. So using your arms to a.) Stabilize you. b.) Pushing and Pulling your Follower along in the Applied Disassociation phase is not allowed, ever. c.) Wobbling, Wavering, Collapsing …. again, not allowed. There’s a reason why this move is rated at 4 stars or better and this is it right here. If you have to push or pull your Follower using your arms to ‘lead’ the Follower then there are stability issues going on here that you absolutely must resolve before you even attempt this stuff.
Dancing Perspective ? The Super Enrosque is really an over rotation that happens in relation to the Follower’s Molinete. While it can be used with the Follower’s Traveling Ochos, which would create some very interesting options and opportunities for both Lead and Follower (from a vocabulary perspective), the place where we’re going to use one is the Molinete. The result will more than likely be an over-rotation which ends up as a Back Sacada for the Lead!
Section 1 – Introduction – 00:01:33
Section 2 – Applied Counter Disassociation – 00:00:52
Section 3 – Enrosque with Lapíz – 00:01:48
Section 4 – The ‘Super’ Part – 00:04:08
Section 5 – A Few ‘Gotchas’ – 00:01:41
Section 6 – The Super Exercise – 00:01:40
Section 7 – Super Exercise Notes – 00:02:26
Section 8 – The Enrosque with a Follower – 00:02:50
Section 9 – The Super Part – 00:01:25
Section 10 – The Second Side Step – 00:01:20
Section 11 – A Few More Details/Closure – 00:03:05
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