Do you know how I am always skeptical about not needing 50 patterns to dance? I think I know why. A dance was invented by our lord and savior <insert your favorite deity here> to improve mate selection process, for a man it serves to woo a mate, for a woman it serves to evaluate a man. And although we all participate in the same activity, at the same time, at the same place - our values are different. There are 3 effects that dance is aimed to produce (in alphabetical order): 1. impress audience 2. please partner 3. please self And I suspect that these effects have different values for a man and for a woman. When I watch other people dance. For me #3 is least important, but #1 and #2 importances are very close. Furthermore, when I watch another couple I gauge their skill based on (in no particular order): 1) number of patterns, 2) musicality (staying on beat, alignment of moves to the music), 3) apparent ease of execution (form). So, since "impress audience" is one of the important aspects, and I apply my own standards to evaluation of that aspect. I think that more moves I know - better I look, and hence better I dance. Where I think I fail is to recognize a possibility that women might have a different value scale. Suppose you have 10 points you can assign to these 3 values (add more values, if you think my list is incomplete). Here is my answer to that (don't judge me): Please partner - 5 Impress audience - 4 Please self - 1 What's the value distribution for you?