I fell in love with the breed a few years ago. My neighbor had one and saw the dog in the elevator. Like you said the puppy was kinda silly. Tried to play with me. Loved the big head, big eyes, small body, short legs, and the color of the puppy.....
IME, the tendency to boss a follow around in inversely proportional to the lead's dance ability. (The better the dancer, the less bossy he is!) Give me a newbie lead who's a little more hesitant any day. Him I can encourage to be more...not bossy, but definitive. The guy who thinks leading means pushing the follow around? He's not going to listen to anyting shy of "OW! You almost broke my arm!"
One of them is me, but don't have time to elaborate fully right now.
While the poll gives extreme choices, I have had both more experienced "better" partners, and less experienced. The partnerships with the less experienced were far more enjoyable for me (present CNP excluded from that).
If you have time to elaborate, would you please? As a follower, I'm just curious why choose a less experienced leader to partner (assuming there is a choice and other factors being equal). My choice is different obviously.
*sigh* Ok...let me clarify. I used (or misused, I suppose) the word 'partner' in the general sense....as in the male person with whom I dance. I know there is a difference between my teacher and an amature partner.
I agree that dancing pro-am with one's instructor is different than an amateur partner insofar as that in most cases, one's instructor's dance skills are not challenged by the level of dancing the pro-am dancer does.
But, relevantly to this poll, if you are dancing pro-am, you have already in a sense voted with your wallet on the question of "Would you prefer to partner someone better or worse than you?"
YES, I'm aware that there are more women than men in the ballroom, and that some people may feel like they have "no choice" but to dance pro-am. But there is almost always a choice of some kind. It may mean an amateur partner who is a weaker dancer, and/or less committed, and/or lives at an inconvenient distance, and/or needs incentives to be convinced that competing would be fun, but that person is still a choice.
I have started doing pro-am, and heck yes, one of the reasons is that I thought it would be fun to dance with someone who is a ton better than I am!