by Dr. Aria Nostratinia
Social dancers strive to make their partners comfortable and help them enjoy the dance. This requires sensitivity to the likes and dislikes of the partner. These preferences can take a variety of forms.
For example, I remember that one of my west coast swing social partners found neck wraps uncomfortable. In the same manner, some dancers don’t like spins (or many spins in a row), while others really enjoy them. Some like extended syncopations and others don’t. There are many more examples in various dance venues.
Be sensitive to your partners. It is not too hard to detect their likes and dislikes and, if in doubt, ask.