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Different Style? Really?

I just tried wading through a web page that tried to describe all the different styles of tango. The writer did their best to define 'style' as a point of difference in dancing that creates a difficulty when dancing with someone with another point of difference, and there is no right way or wrong way, only different ways.
Well...I don't think so.
Some people like to compartmentalise themselves and other people into dance styles. It helps them feel better about their own dancing and gives them an excuse when they have difficulties dancing with someone ie "oh, it's just a different style", when really they don't even understand how their own dance works - let alone why they struggle to dance with someone else.
In my experience there are only two styles:
- Lead and follow (based on body mechanics)
- Nudge and guess (based on familiarity with one's partner, going to the same workshops or school, etc)
I want to write about this because we travel internat…