For as long as we take tango classes, we’ll hear the same information from our teachers again and again. Many of the tips they give us will start sounding very familiar after a while.

We understood what our instructors meant the first time. So why didn’t the information sink in right away?

Fortunately, it’s not because there’s something wrong with us or that we’re bad students.

Information just has to be repeated multiple times before we fully grasp it. How much repetition is needed? We’ll need exposure to the same information for weeks, months, or perhaps years. This is how our brains naturally function.

So the next time your teacher corrects your posture or ochos for the hundredth time, it’s not because he/she thinks you’re incompetent, you’ve forgotten, or that you weren’t paying attention. They know how long it takes for our brains to fully absorb knowledge. So let’s not worry about our teachers losing patience with us, and focus more on being patient with ourselves.


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