THINK OF THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS

After the initial excitement of beginning tango, we strive to move on to the next level. New challenges crop up, and the dance appears to become more complex. With that, we'll experience more periods of frustration.

But before we surrender to that frustration, let's remember that all tango figures, even the seemingly complicated ones, are based on some combination of the basic movements: Forward, back, left, right, and pivots. Once we're aware of that, organizing our thoughts and working through difficulties becomes easier.

Becoming more experienced isn't so much about exploring completely new figures, but deepening our understanding of the elements we encountered as beginners.

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