I'm very confused about how the man should step in tango. Teachers have tried to teach me, but I don't exactly understand what they are trying to say. "Toe first? Heel first"? etc etc.
Would be very interested to start a discussion on this and get explanations.
Huge debate over this.
In my opinion, the thing to do is what feels most natural.
To me that is heels first for forward steps, and the balls of the foot first for side step.
But you might do it differently; lots of guys always go on ball first.
This is a hard to explain. I am very visually dancer. La Caminata is essential in tango if not the first fundamental. My first dance class in Buenos Aires, we spent the entire hour, mind you, walking. Well, every one knows how to walk, right? No. it is different in dance, it is even more difficult in tango. There is an "old school" from the Masters in tango- Practi milonguero on youtube, I believe.
Honestly, it is hard to find an "Excellent" real instructor of tango who knows how to teach in the states. Everyone claims to be a master yet they are missing the basics- posture (crucial), balance, collecting the feet, tango is almost like a panther being on the prowl trying not to make a noise, la caminata- essential.
Keep dancing. I still have not mastered the Caminata but I love the dance so much that I will continue on my journey.