If we have a few moments, we should write down every single figure we know how to do. This lends a pretty useful perspective on our tango abilities because, in a way, it’s all spelled out right in front of us.
If we’ve been dancing for a while, we might surprise ourselves with how much we know. It’ll also bring to light some steps we haven’t tried in a long time. We can also make note of figures we’re especially good at, and others we need to work on. And as we learn more at lessons and workshops, the list naturally gets longer.
It all seems pretty straightforward, right?
And it’s worth mentioning, because we experience tango largely on an emotional level. This can be good because it leaves us with nice memories, as well as affirmation that we’re actively embracing life. But experiencing tango purely through an emotional lens can distort the perception of our abilities, causing us to underrate or overrate ourselves. Doing either never leads to a happy outcome.
Even with tango, emotion needs to be balanced with reason. And a simple, black-and-white list can do a lot to give us a clear, tangible sense of how we’re progressing.