‘The complacency of competance’
Well, I would say this, wouldn’t I, but everyone who is interested in the standard of their dancing needs to have regular lessons from a good teacher.
Without work your dancing will naturally deteriorate. Those bad habits and technique weaknesses aren’t going to cure themselves. Left unattended they will get worse, and become a permanent fixture of your dancing. Your regular partners might not notice the gradual decline, but other dancers will.
I see it in people who’ve been dancing for a long time. They may have lots of friends who’ll dance with them, but their dancing is getting slowly worse. They are off-axis, have unhealthy posture or weird embraces, and aren’t exploring the beautiful music. And they’re starting to wonder why it’s getting harder for them to get dances.
We all like to think that we’re good dancers, and it is uncomfortable to consider the weaknesses in your dancing, but just sometimes it’s worth swallowing your pride, leaving your ego behind, and accepting that someone might be able to help you improve.
As for which teacher to choose… well that’s up to you, and should probably be left for another Post!