Adjusting to the physical coordination needed for tango poses obvious challenges. But as mentioned briefly in earlier entries, overcoming mental obstacles is a huge component as well.

For instance, do our mistakes with learning new steps have to do with preconceived, but erroneous, notions of what that step looked and felt like in our heads?

Or do we see a figure or sequence that looks so complex we immediately assume it’s beyond our ability?

We need to let go of what we think the step looks like, how difficult it appears, and start understanding that tango is largely counterintuitive.

When we start accepting the idea that our preconceptions can be contradicted, the dance has a better chance of working. And then, we find out that what seemed impossible becomes possible. It’s a simple lesson that applies not only to tango, but our perception of reality as well.


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