Walking a straight line, as either a leader or follower, isn’t terribly exciting from a technical standpoint. It certainly isn’t fancy.

But the most difficult thing about that straight line isn’t the physical act of walking it. It’s overcoming the tediousness of doing it over, and over, and over again. It’s easy to take a few steps, say “I understand this,” then move on to something else.

But enduring the tediousness of repeating that tango walk is arguably the best way to establish one’s reputation for being a clear, safe, and reliable dance partner. It’s the not-so-secret ingredient – the key – to becoming memorable.

So how long do we need to practice this basic step? Days? Weeks? Years? It varies from person to person, but we know we’re starting to get it when, even off the dance floor and during our daily routine, we notice a fundamental change in the way we move.



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