If you apply these tips to bad followers as well you will find much more benefit. If I'm dancing with a good follower these tips are mostly unecessary. Once you get really practiced it is possible to keep the dance seemless AND cover up their mistakes while applying these tips and have the follower still enjoy the dance. When I said stop - I meant you don't actually stop dancing in order to stop the particular lead/follow you were both half way through when it went wrong. An example of this might be when the follower has her arm blocking a particular move like a cross body and you just take her into something else instead. Indeed the are lots of things that are better taught verbally, in my experience once you start teaching you stop dancing. I answered your question in the first line: "Don't criticise verbally, learn to be a better leader. You'll get more respect that way." and what the resulting effect of trying to teach on the dance floor might be. If you're going to teach teach otherwise dance. In my opinion non-verbal is the only in-between which works - where she is dancing and you are dancing (and teaching at the same time).