That’s not what I said. I said when I’m dancing at my best I am a different person. To elaborate, I am in a state of complete openness and awareness of the music, my partner, and the other couples. This state of mind and body is not something I feel during my workaday life.
I find this unintelligible. Is there a way to test or verify the claim? I understand how the broadest emotional states of mind can be perceived and felt on the dance floor, but something like pettiness? How is it possible, even with extreme levels of empathy, to know your dance partner (or yourself) is dancing in a “petty” way? Where’s the evidence for this? You have it anecdotally, I assume, and I'm curious.
Not everything going on on or off the dance floor is limited to actual dancing.
The quote was "Whatever you are, you'll be more that in Tango". Tango is more than just what happens in the 3 minute song and it is certainly more than just the movements that occur even during the song.
I had another teacher who made a distinction between Tango and Dancing, as well as Tangueros vs "dancers".