Re my impressions of AT:
I've been interested in starting AT for a long time. I do like the music (about as much as I like salsa music actually, which is to say much much more than I like hustle or swing music). I am also very very interested in developing the degree of connection and lead/follow that the dance requires. I hear people talking about the "tango trance" and based on my experiences with salsa I am pretty sure that is something to which I could really get addicted. The close embrace is a roadblock but before I started salsa I felt the same way about touching strangers, and I actually got over it quite quickly and came to enjoy the contact.
I think my personality may potentially be more of an AT-type than a salsa-type actually. I am rather serious and introspective; and though I take on more of a flirty party-girl personality when I am dancing salsa, I think that is more my assuming the character of the dance than the dance expressing my true character.
I agree with yippee1999 that AT is a lot harder to pick up than some of the other partner dances. Hustle in particular was cake with salsa as a background; it only took a few lessons to get out on the social floor. I haven't gotten much into swing (read: no lessons) but the few times I've been led by a swing leader I was able to keep time and follow most of what he was doing.
AT, nothing. I'm just awful at it, so very far from being able to show my face at a social event. I've had a few stabs at classes but due to an irregular work schedule I've been unable to take a series or to devote to it the time it would require. I'm hoping to change that starting next week. I will need privates to get to the point of being able to social dance but I am going to use a series of groups to test-drive the teacher.