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Well, I'd say the most obvious reason that couples should understand they need to rotate is because there are some "single" women (men too, but mostly women), without a partner.... This way everybody gets to dance!



Sounds like you know how to be proactive, if you've clearly explained the benefits of rotating. I think the problem comes in when the explanation is not provided.

I remember when my boyfriend (at the time) and I took our first partner dance class together. We had to rotate and didn't complain, but it did feel weird and awkward, because we were thinking, we're only going to dance with each other socially (that was our goal at that time), so why are we dancing with others in the class? So the rotation thing definitely needs to be explained to students.
 
Well, I'd say the most obvious reason that couples should understand they need to rotate is because there are some "single" women (men too, but mostly women), without a partner.... This way everybody gets to dance!
Just curious, if you were teaching a class which was perfectly matched gender-wise, would you still make people rotate?
 

nucat78

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I remember when my boyfriend (at the time) and I took our first partner dance class together. We had to rotate and didn't complain, but it did feel weird and awkward, because we were thinking, we're only going to dance with each other socially..., so why are we dancing with others in the class? So the rotation thing definitely needs to be explained to students.
:cheers: My experience exactly. Except I was with my at-the-time girlfriend.
 

etp777

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Just curious, if you were teaching a class which was perfectly matched gender-wise, would you still make people rotate?
Can't answer for him of course, but I would (if I was a teacher, that is ;) ). Rotation isn't just about allowing everyone to dance, but to allow dancers to dance with different partners. Helps reveal tweaks that need to be made in lead, etc. Just my .02
 

nucat78

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Can't answer for him of course, but I would (if I was a teacher, that is ;) ). Rotation isn't just about allowing everyone to dance, but to allow dancers to dance with different partners. Helps reveal tweaks that need to be made in lead, etc. Just my .02
+1

Plus if a couple is doing something incorrectly, they're just going to reinforce it if they only dance with each other. Switching might make them aware of the error.
 

nucat78

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I try to remind myself that they do think they are helping......
Owner reiterated it last night: Do NOT help.

1) You might be in error
2) Even if you know it, you might not be able to teach it.
3) Even if you can teach it, the person you are "teaching" might not appreciate it.

We had a series of open houses with free group classes. Overall feedback was that everybody was friendly and helpful but a number of visitors did not appreciate being helped or else didn't appreciate the manner in which they were helped.

Dance to the level of your partner and keep your mouth shut unless they ask for help, opinions, etc.
 
Rotation does go a long way (theoretically, at least) towards helping everyone learn more and faster.

That also depends. I’ve been discouraged from social dancing before in the past because there’s a lot of benefit that can be derived from dancing with a single person, from a competition perspective – and I have found that after a night of social dancing I don’t feel quite as “tuned in” to my partner’s body.

It’s the old “generalist” verses “specialist” division.
 

fascination

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that is so odd to me b/c there are persons with whom I have not danced in months whose bodies I am still in tune enough to dance with...shrug...we are all different
 

fascination

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Staff member
Owner reiterated it last night: Do NOT help.

1) You might be in error
2) Even if you know it, you might not be able to teach it.
3) Even if you can teach it, the person you are "teaching" might not appreciate it.

We had a series of open houses with free group classes. Overall feedback was that everybody was friendly and helpful but a number of visitors did not appreciate being helped or else didn't appreciate the manner in which they were helped.

Dance to the level of your partner and keep your mouth shut unless they ask for help, opinions, etc.
agree...but I try to remind myself that these folks mean well when they are doing it
 

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