You Have To Practice
. . if you want to be a good tango dancer, that is. There is no other way to do it. If there are three parts to becoming a good dancer, and practicing is one of them, the first part is to learn from someone who knows, and the third part is to go out to a milonga to dance.
I want to talk about how to practice, or what it is that makes up a practice environment. But first I just need to restate: the reason people study tango is to go out dancing. If you don’t want to go out dancing I don’t know what to say — maybe you are a tango performance dancer, if not, you should just take up Tai Chi or something.