Struggle with the Material

"We don't rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training." -Archilochus

A large part of the preparation for social dancing is done alone, addressing the weaknesses within our own technique in order to bring our best self to each new partner. If I struggle to balance comfortably on one point, that will translate into every movement and affect my partner, who will have to focus on accounting for this rather than relaxing into the dance.

It's tempting to do only those movements we enjoy, those that naturally feel good on the body. That's why there are so many demonstration videos of followers performing embellished forward ochos and leader's performing enrosques.

But where we need to focus our attention is those areas of our dancing where we struggle, which are not as fun to dance because we haven't yet achieved mastery and ease in them.

So what does all this mean? Do more back ochos. Do more single footed balances. Do more slow walking. Do more of those things that you have difficulty with so that in the moment you can do more dancing.