Here's another look... Since I improvise quite a bit now, which is another way of saying that I'm just going with what feels right and other than that have no idea where I'm going to end up, and there IS someone else out there... Your lead should take into account what the woman is doing. So, let's say you just did a bunch of whatever and you have no idea where you are in "the count". If you're doing West Coast, give the woman a chance to improvise something for however many counts. You can leave it up to her. Try to feel which foot her weight is on, and how much resistance she is giving to the suggestion that she step forward on her right foot. Sometimes you will hear something in the music that tells you / her it's time to move again. If you are dancing with someone who isn't used to improvising, she might look at you like, "Why aren't you leading". Explain it to her. 6 count Sugar Push to 8 count. 1 possibility After the standard Sugar Push... Move the hand you are leading with to the left then to the right. Do not pull forward. At the end of the Sugar Push she should have her weight on her left foot, ready to step forward onto her right foot. When you move your hand to the left, she should shift her weight onto her right foot. When you move your hand to the right, she should shift her weight onto her left foot. Once she has her weight on her left foot, she is ready to step forward onto her right. Those simple weight changes could be embellished in any number of ways. It’s up to her. You’ve just used up 2 "counts". If you have a really good connection and the woman is an advanced dancer, you could lead her to turn her right shoulder back and complete a 360 turn on the next step, instead of just a weight shift. You will have to stay close, and keep a good connection to make this work, and she might freak out the first few times you try it. You may even be accused of making her feel stupid. Hopefully you can find someone else who wants to play. Dancing is supposed to be fun. Don’t get too hung up on counts.