This element of surprise is key to learning.
This week I learned that tango is riddled with ambivalence. The fear and excitement of improvisation. The terrifying and enticing feelings about doing something new and/or meeting someone new.
I think this is why they say that tango is a way of life. I think it’s also why tango can be so addicting. We need it. We need that level of surprise. You never know what’s going to happen during class because of the improvisation. This element of surprise is key to learning.
But whatever you do, don’t let fear decide your fate. Wasn’t it Kelly Clarkson that sang a really cheesy song about taking risks and taking chances? Maybe she did know a thing or two about ambivalent feelings and letting the positive emotions override the negative ones.