"In the beginning there is no failure - only feedback."
"Moonlight Cocktail" - Glenn Miller
Meanwhile there are many dancers, teachers, and clubs that I will end up helping and of course I will be ignoring others. But they do understand that they ignore me, first, then after the fact I should have the absolute right to ignore them. Easy to understand? We will play by the same rules.
While it is natural to follow a teacher who you admire and take classes with, there are also many different dancers to interact with, different teachers to learn from and different styles to explore. If we have the music to bind us, the ideal is that a cultural dancer can dance with any other cultural dancer and communicate through the music.
"Into the Night" by Benny Mardones
It helps that in competition dancing, there are more people realizing that the best teachers may not be the best dancers and conversely the best dancers may not be the best teachers. There are two groups that consistently produce the best International Dancers on this Island. And there are two groups that consistently produce the worst International Dancers on this Island. We are talking competition and since we are not competent, you must do the judging.
The basic skills of leading and following are a critical part of the language of communication that you need in the ballroom dance world. Communicating on the dance floor with a total stranger is hot, and leading or following new moves is exciting. Most to these blogs are not for the advance dancers.
For the leaders that develop their own routines with a few variations, is that feeling of satisfaction and relief that the lady follows perfectly. Actually the follower is usually more astute because she learns to follow so many more different routines. The ladies say it is like a roller coaster ride where you don't know what's coming next. but you know it will be fun. The more styles you're exposed to, the more capable you'll become and the more people you'll be able to dance with enjoyably.
Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.