When learning a new figure, we practice it exactly the way we were taught. But in the midst of practicing, we’ll sometimes start a figure only to end it in a way that’s different than what we were shown. Make a mental note when this happens.
Instead of chastising ourselves, let’s see if we discovered something new. What other possible steps can we create if we explore this “mistake?”
Appreciating the creative nature of tango means we have permission to not be so rigid with ourselves. Always mentally committing to a particular “correct” answer is, in and of itself, a big mistake.