If the connection is good, there is no such thing as independent movement. You can try to mute the signals sent to your partner, or ignore those received from them, but they are there all the same. Unless she has exceptionally massive ankles, I agree that I probably wouldn't feel an ankle tilt much, if at all. There are a number of adornments like that, but they are at the extreme end of a very broad spectrum of movement alterations, most of which are more easily felt. Mistakes in following can also become steps which are not led. Kidding aside, I use the term step to refer exclusively to a foot contacting the ground. In-between steps, where self-led adornments are most likely to occur, there is no contact. The leader is primarily concerned with the timing and placement of the foot, while the follower handles how it gets there. Deviating from the standard line and/or quality of a step is what I call an adornment. These can be led or not, as desired. I'm not claiming the standard definition doesn't make some amount of sense, I'm just not convinced it's the best lens through which to view the dance. Oh, I'm sure it's not that bad! I think at the level of basic steps and pausing, we both agree, it's just all the levels after that... :mrgreen: Yes. In my view, they are adorned/embellished/altered steps, pauses, and pivots.