June 20, 2013
If you’re leading, there’s no need to squeeze every step you know into a two and-a-half minute tango. It’s also unnecessary to keep a running, mental tally of all the figures you do “correctly.” Nobody’s keeping score. There’s no point in rushing since you’re moving in a circle without a finish line.
If you’re following, there’s no purpose in trying to predict what your partner will do five steps from now. If he/she is paying attention to the music, the choreography will likely be emotional and spontaneous. Not rational. Anticipate nothing. Savor every step as you would enjoy every sip of your favorite wine.
Craft and complete every figure before moving on to the next. Focus your energy on the present – make each moment meaningful. And the future, however many steps from now, will take care of itself.