I've mashed, poked, bumped, whacked, groped (accidentally), but I've never bitten a partner. :shock:
I agree completely! I find the best partnerships are the ones I can just say "that felt like poop" about a step, and they'll just laugh and agree. In most partnerships, this just means talking it through, figuring out what went wrong, and trying different ways to fix it. Heck, if you were to see me and my Smooth/Standard partner practicing, you would think I'm a horrible nag: I'll stop a step and yell "yuck!", I'll remind him about his shoulders being wrong -- heck, I bit him once! But it's all in good fun; he'll stop steps too, his shoulder is a running joke (and in my defense, a coach told me to bite him ). It's just how we practice, and neither of us gets offended, because it's all about fixing our dancing. We also like to identify recurring problems and give them (often obscene) nicknames.