If you can think about all your movement as a serious of two beat movements rather than six or eight count patterns you'll open up a whole new world of styling and improvisation without ever getting "off".
ETA: You know, this really works (while dancing in my apartment alone). haha! At a later time, I'll advise on how well it works for me on the dance floor. I'm just saying "BOOM ta" or "BOOMBOOM ta" (on beat with the music) in my head instead of counting. It seems you really, really need to have the basics in your muscle memory to do this effectively.