he learned about posture; how it was
important to keep his torso upright and
weight forward on the balls and toes of
his feet when moving or about to move.
practised walking in time with Tango
music; reaching out his slightly out-turned
toe, bringing his torso forward to
transfer weight to the new foot, and -
when stopping - collecting his rear foot
alongside the other. He found - as most
learners do - that just listening for the
beat and concentrating on his feet was
practised moving to either side, reaching
out with a toe then squaring up as weight
transfer took place.
difficult was moving backward, especially
keeping his heel inward and not looking
backward or down. He was relieved to
learn that leaders rarely took more than
one step backwards at a time.
night he watched for signs that these
people were applying the lessons he had
been learning. He saw the grace of
movement, the posture, but the steps
seemed to be entirely different from
those basic steps they had been learning
earlier in the day.