This is also about importance of equality in dance partnership. For whatever reason, and maybe because I tend to jump into dance partnerships too soon, all my three amateur competitive partnerships were with guys who were either much older, or much younger, came from different dance background, or were significantly better than me. It worked for me as I was growing in my dancing, but first two partnerships were short lived and it was obvious to all involved parties from the very beginning. I am still with partner #3 and we started very recently. He is in the "much older/much better" category. I am paying 100% of the lessons and am constantly reminded how much I need to advance to catch up to his level. I don't mind that, but questions like "why do I dance with him?" started to pop into my head more and more often. He is very respectful and encouraging, but I can't stop feeling that I am dancing with a teacher, not an equal partner. Besides, he has another practice partner and I never got a clear explanation why would he have two partners. We don't have any competition plans just yet... Well, someone else just approached me who is my age, just lost his partner, and is approximately my skill level. So, being myself, I am tempted to jump into that new partnership #4. It would be so new and interesting to be in an "equal" partnership, or so I think. I also think that maybe I can keep dancing with both of them for a while and see, just not sure how either of them would take it.... Needless to say, the whole situation also makes me feel a bit awkward. I know no one can decide for me, but any thoughts and/or suggestion on how to handle this are welcome.