I've stopped doing privates because my work hours have changed markedly. Having gone through the amazing experience of getting better and better each week while doing privates, I've plateaued and, I feel, have actually gone backwards. It's not that I dance badly, I'm just not learning new stuff. Anyway, I bumped into my old teacher at a social the other night and made a comment about needing to return to his lessons now that work has settled and he said, "yeah, your dancing has gotten pretty bad." You could have knocked me (and my companions) over with a feather. I'm not dancing anywhere near my potential, but I'm by no means a "bad" dancer. My question is this, was my teacher saying it to lure me back to lessons or because I genuinely am looking bad on the dancefloor? Obviously that's a difficult question given you guys don't know how I dance, or my teacher's character, but is it your experience that teachers are harsh/strict etc to make you insecure and lure you back or do you think he was just being nasty? I know him and feel he was jokingly telling me that I wasn't dancing at the level I should be, but my friends were livid and the entire trip home was spent talking about the underhanded techniques used by some teachers. Obviously they're in the minority, but it got me thinking and I wanted to know what about every one else's experiences and thoughts on the matter? Do some teachers undermine your confidence to keep you with them? What negative experiences have you had with teachers?