My SO and I were talking about this the other night, and I thought it was pretty interesting, so I'm posting it here. Which is harder in West Coast Swing, the lead or follow? I suppose there is no right answer, but these were our thoughts. He says it's harder to follow because you don't know what's coming at you. The follow is constantly interpreting the leads (good or bad), and needs to have a good instinct for what the lead is thinking. He thinks leading is easier because you're more in control of the dance. I think it's harder to lead, because the lead bears most of the challenge for developing the dance. The lead isn't only responsible for the 'moves' but especially in WCS needs to make sure that the speed and balance and both the lead and the follow are correct. I think following is relatively easy, because I really am not thinking about what I'm going to do next. I'm confident that if I'm truly following, everything I need to do will fall into place. I think it's more about feeling the dance and the music, and less about what comes next. We both have experience with leading and following, so we don't necessarily think that "our" part is the easiest. Any thoughts?