I danced with teachers occasionally at milongas. The dances were mostly good. For one of my favorite milongas, the teacher/organizer leading me a tango when I started visiting that milonga. That really opened the door for me. People recognize that I can dance, so they invite me. Now I consider this milonga my home milonga, and go there every time if I can. I think the host dancing with new people is very good for the milonga. However, I had some not so good experience: - Once at a milonga, the host teacher led me a milonga (dance). At the end, he told me that I should work on my milonga, and he was just teaching a milonga class and I was welcome to join. Well, since I enjoyed dancing milonga with many other leaders, I don't think it was all my fault that our dance was bad. - Another time, one of my leader friends introduced me to a prominent teacher (he is also the host of that milonga). Later, he led me a tango, I think, to show respect to his friend who introduced me. It was the last tango of a tanda. We danced one tango and he told me that I was pretty good and left. I don't feel bad that we only danced one tango. I was appreciative that he invited me to dance. However, I must say, I didn't enjoy the dance because he didn't give much to it (not about the steps). When I started thinking about taking private classes, the above mentioned two teachers are the first that I crossed out.