As we become more experienced with tango, we’ll notice more instances when we learn new figures by accident. It happens when we’re in the middle of practicing a step we learned in class, and then something goes “wrong.” But if we’re mindful, we find that the mistake led us to another figure or method that works.
In tango, it helps to re-examine the idea of “wrong.”
Being “wrong” isn’t always a negative thing. The willingness to be wrong (sometimes frequently) means we’re open to exploring, playing, and letting go of being the boring adult our that our brains guilt us into being. It points us to different possibilities, as opposed to keeping us fixated on just one way of doing a step.
In tango, being “wrong” can be just as instructive as any good lesson.