What a lovely topic!! Thinking face on, what move do I do next? No idea what she is going through, but I just came up with exactly what I will do to her next. Creates an arms length Jail for a follow who thinks the lock created by two grasping hands through an array of patterns is salsa... SD said it pretty much all... I think Pacion, brought up the word responsibility, hope it was she... The responsibility is at the top, but I’ll focus on the instructor as he represents the top. It is impossible for a human to teach another human that which he doesn’t know. As well as, a human learn something he has no idea exists. The teacher simply because he becomes the figure that “plants” ideas. There are very few humans that can break out of taught rules/ideas and create their own ethos of dancing/living. The rest of us, well, we blindly follow, yet think because we are on the driver’s seat we are driving. The fault is at the toppest top of the zenith… Which really is the thinking of a society. Where did the belief generate? Once a belief and it taught by an authoritative figure many will simply make it part of their own belief system and blindly follow. Very, very few will ever question and more so, break out on their own thinking. The responsibility is at the top (represented by the teacher), not because he isn’t teaching what he knows, but because he hasn’t realized that he isn’t teaching but simply expanding his egotistical ideas of dancing. Expanding because teaching becomes telling someone how to think, and how to do things as others do them. We need to teach that despite rules in form of patterns, what is of most importance is a philosophy that each dancer needs to create in their own (with teacher’s guidance) with the music, a connection that will bring together the two dancers, then form a patter if desired so. A free will thinker that will stop not at what he is told, but what he invents in the form of that beyond the dance. The problem, we are an analytical society with pre-determined rules that govern our thinking, yet we don’t know we use those very rules as the first steps in the process of thinking, we don’t even know we have those rules in us. A choice has already been made for us, but since we selected a “choice” we think we made the decision. Teachers are labeled so, yet few do so. Many tell everyone what to do, not simply light the path, and spark the learning bug… and why many students look the same, and instead of representing themselves in the dance, represent an exact copy of their instructors. That isn’t the student’s fault, it is human nature, we simply follow that which our new religion of dancing tells us the rules of dancing are. The rules taught by a person that doesn’t know that the expansion of an ego is what his teaching techniques are doing. A person who really thinks, sees, and stone-engraved believes that salsa is the construction of pattern upon pattern. A physical ego looking to overcome yet another obstacle, and has been taught that patterns to salsa are just the overcoming of those obstacles. Yet, we think it as us thinking we need to do more patterns to dance salsa. The blind leading the blind, an imperialistic/immature view that physical construction is ultimately overcoming obstacles and building character/the self. Humans are not all leaders, there isn’t much comfort in being different following your own beliefs when everyone ridicules you, and follow a different belief system. No one wants to be the odd-man out because of different beliefs. It takes too much time, too much effort, it is easier to follow… Students become teachers following a trend that teaches the same idea, yet never realizing that the 1st floor isn’t a foundation. Responsible are the teacher because he is the “authoritative” figure that represents the thinking of a society, yet he has failed to do his job, despite doing what society tells him to do. More so, blame a society that deems correctness just because this is they way it deems it is. Blame a society, blame all, blame none. I can’t blame my student for not being original when all the tools I gave him never even touched on originality except for the words, make it yours, as if we can all make something ours when we don’t know what make it ours truly is, or even how to go about making it ours. Ours, will become what we see others do, not what we came up with. Patterns are simply a number of the pieces of a pie that, along with others, create the whole. However, the whole is seemingly taught to be represented by the few pieces known as patterns.