There is a “tango theory of mind” that many tango dancers seem to subscribe to. According to this theory, leader listens to the music, thinks what figure combinations fit the next phrase in the music. He then commands his body with his mind to move according to those movements. These movements are then sensed by the follower, and she then interprets the bodily sensations, in other words, thinks what lead the sensation represents, thinks how she wishes to interpret the lead, possibly adding her own spice to it, and then commands her body with her mind to move according to the interpretation.
This “tango theory of mind” is true in the sense that it really describes how these people dance. It is based on reality. But recently I have had experiences that cannot be explained through this theory. So, I do not believe there is single unified “tango theory of mind”. Rather, I believe there co-exist several “tango theories of mind”, each based on our understanding, rooted in our experiences. According to different experiences our body and mind may have different ways to understand what it means to “dance well”.
In my current theory the mind and body are in a different relationship with each other than in the theory described above. The mind is involved in dancing only when I am learning, taking lessons etc. During dancing, it works better if my mind is “switched off” whether I am leading or following. In other words, there is some magical direct connection, which does not involve the mind. However, sometimes, maybe for dancing with a beginner, or when the dancing for some reason does not go smoothly, it seems I return to this “original tango theory of mind”, although it seems to create more problems than it solves.