I Can Stop
No, not "I can stop" like the "... at any time... It's not a problem, really... I don't need to dance" conversation at your intervention. I mean, the "... at any time if there's someone in the way... I just feel like resting... There's a nice pause in the music... My partner is totally lost" sort of way.
While moving is the obvious part of ballroom dancing, stillness [ahem, control] is also a lovely and underused element.
I Can Dance with Different People
If you feel like you like float when dancing with your regular partner and you feel like a lead weight with everyone else, it's not them, it's you.
Being able to dance with everyone in the room IS leading and following, AKA ballroom dancing.
I Do Not Need a Routine
If you are a beginner and you need a step list to help you remember your moves, that is great.
If you are NOT a beginner, then your repertoire has alternate endings and handholds, easy fallback patterns, and repeatable "thinking" steps to help you complete a dance.
While dancing with music might include all elements of your routine, if something goes awry, you have a pocketful of tricks to use.
Peace out, Friday.
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