Just found this thread, for along time I was very nervous about dancing with other people, I was always a bit shy and thought my skills were not good enough to cope with others, I only ever danced with my wife as we had learned together and knew our own routines. Eventually however, after beginning to learn a few sequences dances ( by joining in and following the couple in front) I gained a little more confidence which was helped by joining in some progressive dances, whereby we moved on to a new partner at the end of every sequence. Now, I still tend to dance with my wife most of the time, but if she feels like sitting one out or is too busy talking to someone, I will happily ask another lady for a dance and do not have too much problem with acceptances. If the other lady is with a partner/husband/boyfriend I will normally ask if he minds minds, and have not yet had any problems and at the end of the dance I escort the lady back to her seat and thank both her and her partner. I feel so confident now, that although I do not personally rate my dancing skills too highly, when we see new couples arrive at a dance we frequent and are obviously having trouble with a dance we tend to split them up and lead them through the basics of the dance, as a result, we now have a group of people we have helped who join us a a friendly social group at many of the dances we go to and we all dance with one another. This has meant, that although I was not too keen on learning to dance in the first place, but only did so to please my wife,(that was before I caught the bug), it has helped us to build a social life around dancing with many new friends and also acts as an opening to meet people on an equal footing when we go somewhere new.