@devane: Technique is good and should be taught from the very first lesson. And then maybe 1/4 of the people dancing now would still be interested to do it. When teaching for social dancing purposes, one should consider what the ultimate goal of the students is: to learn how to move a bit and meet others or become world's champions? Musicality is important (to me it is the most important thing) but people want to move their bodies and be able to lead 1-2 moves, w/o caring too much about the beat or the technique. I tried teaching simple musical terms and have them identify some instruments. They were bored! I tried to explain about the 1 and the 5 and... not too much interest! Same happened when I taught basic techniques (and not in an absolute beginner class - in a class whose students had been dancing for over 6 months already and were fairly good).