For most of us, tango doesn’t come easily. It’s normal to struggle, and our teachers always stress the importance of practice.

But physical exhaustion and sore muscles alone don’t indicate improvement. Tango shouldn’t feel forceful. Movements shouldn’t be strained, nor should contact be hard.

When we start feeling frustrated with our dancing, perhaps it’s because we’re wasting too much physical energy. Instead of doubling down on strength, try employing finesse. Generate just enough movement to define the step, but not so much as to make it too laborious.

This constant balancing act takes a lot of mental energy, and it’s still going to be a struggle at times. But favoring brainpower over manpower is a much more efficient strategy.

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