by Pierre Baston
Argentine tango instructor (Philadelphia, PA area)
Some scientists say that what makes us love a great piece of music or painting is the ratio of expected to unexpected elements. Neither a dance that only follows a predictable pattern nor a dance composed of continual surprises will satisfy many partners or observers.
One scholar figured that the ideal ratio of order to complexity in an aesthetic expression such as dance is 37% to 63% in favor of surprise. So why not reach for a good measure of novelty on the dance floor and delight our dance partners to the max?