“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” -Ray Bradbury
We might have seen/heard this quote during a commencement speech or on Pinterest somewhere. But for novice tango dancers, it’s very good advice when making the transition from class to milonga. Although stepping onto the dance floor is a bit safer than jumping off a cliff, it can feel just as scary.
I’ve probably mentioned this before, but as a teacher one of the thing’s I hate hearing from students is: “I’ll wait until I’m better/more confident before going to a milonga.”
Taking “just a few more classes” and waiting will never improve our dancing. Our tango only progresses if we use it, no matter what stage of learning we’re in.
The milonga is where everything we went over in class starts to sink in and make sense. You don’t have to stay the whole night, and if you only end up dancing a few tandas, that’s still considered progress.
But make the effort to get out there, a little more each time. In the end you’ll be glad you didn’t waste any more time waiting.