Technique is important. We listen carefully to our instructors, and work hard to understand the concepts designed to help make us good leaders and followers.
But we can’t get through a figure simply by thinking our way through it. If we try, we’ll lock up, get stuck, and become frustrated.
Instead, we have to put the dance into motion...to just start!
It might not be perfect at first, but that’s what practice is for. The more willing we are to move, the better we’ll be at trusting our bodies to execute what our brains know. By moving, we might make mistakes. At the same time, being in motion gives us the best chance of getting it right.
But we’ll never be right if we just stand still.