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ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW

- Even when a workshop covers steps we're already familiar with, observe the teaching methods of instructors we haven't worked with before

- Meet dancers in other communities, and pay close attention on how to adjust to them

- Keep note of how a different tango partners move

- Try dancing tango to a song that isn't a tango

- Try out a different way of moving your body

How else can we keep tango fresh?

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DON'T GO IT ALONE

We always hear about how we're supposed to stay connected with our partners. Just about every teacher we've taken lessons will mention this. And yes, while at a milonga, we'll follow through...for a short period time.

After that, we start focusing on ourselves. Not out of selfishness, but because the perfectionist side of us feels that in order to dance well with another person, we need to first "work on ourselves."

But this is often the reason why a dance might feel stiff, awkward, or fall apart completely.

Connection with our partners isn't just an idea that sounds good while talking about tango. Paying attention to the person we're dancing with has to be happening all the time, and should be the basis on how we execute our form and technique. This mutual awareness isn't just a general act of giving and goodwill, it's also the best source of our creativity, dynamism, and energy. 

It's true that we have to make some time for independent practice. But ultimately, tango is an activity where all the benefits of "working on ourselves" only come to light when opening up to others.

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