There are numerous methods and techniques to teaching dance. Can any of them truly be called superior over another? Yes and no. Use of the correct method for the correct person is superior but no technique works for all students all the time. Part of being a good teacher is knowing this and being able to change your teaching method to fit your student(s). There are certain methods that tend to produce results quickly. They apparently lay at opposite ends of the spectrum but with experience can be combined to produce a method the largest group of people will respond to and achieve resutls that are not only quick but will not contradict what they will learn five years down the line. The first method is what I term as "strict tempo". A very "ballroom approach, if you will forgive the use of the term. Every count has a specific step associated with it, rhythm is king, and there is a right and wrong place to step which includes angles and weight percentages. It provides very easy answers to where a person needs to be and when they need to be there. The second method is what I term as "relational positioning". It is a very vernacular approach. The patterns are seen as several movements strung together. The partners learn that where their bodies are in relation to each other is primary. Body movement dictates what type of footwork/placement is used. There is little in the way of questions that tend to be encountered with this method since the only "wrong" step is one that ignores your partner and their movement. Some people NEED numbers and order, others NEED organic movement and are comfortable with abstract thought. The first is a very intelelctual approach, the second a very physical approach.