words of wisdom(?) from a student of lead/follow If "lead" means to go first (you could look it up), it also means (to me) that the lead must be timely and committed. I am learning to lead now and I see that when my lead is uncommitted, or incomplete, my follower doesn't know what I want or where I want his or her body to move. Also, speaking now as a follower: lead me with your body, your core--not your arms! I think the WCS dancers in the group might not agree. Maybe the lindy hoppers and balboa dancers will be the only ones who get what I mean. Them and the Argentine Tango-ers. Here's a hint for the leaders: My job as a follower is to step underneath myself and wait wait wait for the lead to tell me where and how to move. No anticipation. No "I know this move, I'm supposed to go forward and then turn around on the 3and4 and then move the other way." No! Even a lindy hop swingout can have multiple flavas and be changed, altered, turned inside out and morphed into something else and if I'm following (coming after) and not anticipating and keeping my footwork/rhythm, wonderful things can happen.