When learning new tango steps, we start with an idea of how much effort is needed in regards to completing forward steps, back steps, side steps, or pivots.
That idea is almost always wrong. What we think is enough, often isn’t.
In most cases, we’re required to step farther, or pivot even more than expected. In tango, as in life, average effort isn’t enough to satisfy us. We’ll always have to give a little more in order to make things pay off.
“This is harder than I thought,” we’ll say to ourselves when we first realize this.
“But I can do this,” usually comes next.