Everyone who has really become proficient at AT has ruminated about "The Walk." It is the beginning, basis, and foundation of how good dancers look on the milonga floor. All this time I've been dancing AT, this weekend, I decided to just watch the dancers. I was astonished at my own observations of who looked good, and didn't. Regardless of style, it boiled down to two types. Those who could, and those who could not walk. Those who could walk: It looked like they were on rollers... smooth The were always sure footed. No awkwardness, any imbalance was instantly and smoothly compensated for The looked to be in perfect synch with their partners The didn't talk They had their "Tango Faces" on They were into each other They were moving "as one" They did not look like they were thinking of their steps. It just happened They were elegant and fun to watch You could see the connection happening Those who could NOT walk: Tried too hard to look good Moved with an excess of motion Tried too hard to make the steps work Awkward and out of balance, axis, center... Talked too much on the floor. Some were even trying to lecture Bad posture Choppy motion Out of synch with the music Painful to watch. Especially those who felt the need to do overly embellished things Movements were out of synch with each other The connection was clearly not there. Everything they did looked mechanical These are just my general observations. It looked like the majority of "non-walkers" decided to go straight to the advanced, flashy, showy stuff, without first learning how to "Walk." Thinking (perhaps) that flashy steps and patters made you a tango dancer...:-?